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Windows 2000 Server Migration

I have an ancient 2000 Server box that needs to be replaced due to a motherboard failure.  I will be replacing it with another box running 2000 server.  This sever is both the domain controller and Exchange 2000 server.

Before I do the migration I wanted to ask the experts if there was a recommended way to handle this migration.  Is there any utility we can purchase that will handle this, or do I have to manually re-create all accounts, settings, and mailboxes.  

I thought about trying to restore an Exchange backup, but I didn’t know if I needed to create all the accounts and mailboxes ahead of time of if the restore would do that for me.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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McKnifeCommented:
The old one does not boot at all, 100% dead, or what do you get?
If you are lucky, the old installation will start on the new mainboard. If you were using a pci-controller for your harddrives, then you could move these to the new box and it will boot.
What would also work is: Move the harddrives into the new box and do a repair installation of windows. Please note that you will have to reapply all service packs and hotfixes afterwards. ->http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm (same for 2000)
For the next time: setup a second domain controller and do imaging or whatever kind of backup to avoid these kind of restoring I recommended.
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timabeAuthor Commented:
The old box still boots, it's just a little flakey.

So the repair installation will work on 2000 server?  If so, that would save a ton of time.  Any issues with Exchange when doing a repair installation?
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McKnifeCommented:
If it still boots, I would do the following: Exchange the IDE-ATA/ATAPI-Controller driver against the "standard dual channel pci ide controller". This one will boot anywhere.
To get rid of the old drivers, you can (this is optional) as well uninstall the drivers for the devices you won't have in your new system (like onboard-sound onboard LAN of your old boards and so on).
After the drive boots on the new system you will of course have to use the mainboard-CD to install the drivers for everything new.

I did many migrations this way and I never ran into any problems.
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timabeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice.  I'm going to give it a try this weekend.  I think I'll ghost the old drive so I can fall back to the old server (just in case).

One more question:  Will I need to reinstall Exchange, or do you think it will all work once the new PC is completely set up with the old drive?
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McKnifeCommented:
Everything should/will work. The only hazard could be special software that sticks to hardware IDs of the old system, exchange 2000 won't.
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timabeAuthor Commented:
Worked like a charm!  Great call...you saved me HOURS!
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McKnifeCommented:
Hey, that's something I like to hear! :)
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