Migrating Windows Server 2003 to different hardware
Posted on 2005-03-18
I have Windows Server 2003 Ent Edition running on a Compaq server using RAID5. I need to move this server to a new server hardware. The new hardware is IBM eServer xSeries345 with RAID1.
My goal is to simply create a ghost image of the old server and restore it on the new server. Hopefully, Windows will be smart enough to detect the new hardware and we can clean up the unnecessary drivers and applications that are Compaq related in safe mode. After that, the server should be good to go. Theoretically, that's easy.
I have managed to create the ghost image off of the old server
I have managed to restore the ghost image on the new server
I boot up the server, and it start reading floppy, then CD ROM, then hard drive, then it restarts. It just seems as if the data did not get restored properly.
I've used TrueImage to boot up the new server, and I can read the data on the C: drive. It's all there from that image.
Now did the MBR get all jacked up? How do I fix it? I even tried removing the RAID and making each hard drive act independantly and I tried booting up from there. Same thing.
If you're unable to answer the questions above, perhaps you could suggest a better way in migrating the server to new hardware. Please suggest anything other than full backup and restore using ntbackup utility. It's just lame and doesn't work right.
Thanks in advance.