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SBS 2003 Migration to different hardware - Can I use Acronis True Image with Universal Restore?

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Hi All,

I have a migration to different hardware for SBS 2003 coming up soon. We use Acronis True Image 9.1 with the Universal restore.

Acronis True Image 9.1  - http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATISWin/

Acronis Universal Restore - http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATISWin/universal-restore.html

Instead of the either performing the MS migration path (using migration tools etc) or a Swing migration, I was considering using Acronis with Universal restore to move from the old hardware to the new hardware.

Has anyone attempted this? Did you encouter any issues? What are the issues I should be looking out for?

Discuss...

Thanks.

Andrew
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I use Acronis True Image 8.0 and have been doing so for over a year with various SBS hardware migrations.  I love the product and really don't use anything else.

You don't need the Universal Restore for a simple hardware migration however... that product is for instantaneous restoration to provide business continuity.  Just the True Image product will do a bare metal restore for you.

If you do run into any problems, you can just do a repair installation by booting off of SBS CD1.  (The only error I've ever received was a USB controler driver error and was easily corrected with this method).

If you have multiple volumes on your current server, just make sure that your new server has the same number of volumes which are the same size or larger before starting your restore.

Jeff
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Thanks for your response Jeff,

I was hoping to hear that ;-)

One thing though, I was under the impression the universal restore was for restoring to /different/ hardware or virtual machines, whereas True Image by itself could only restore to the orginal hardware.

Are you saying that with True Image buy itself we could restore from one SBS system, on a Dell PE 2800 to a new PE 1950 without much pain?

Also, I will be probably be creating a larger parition for both the data (D:) and system drive (C:). Once I have restored to new hardware, and sorted any driver iddues with the SBS repair, is it a simple of matter of extending the partions using Disk Manager to produce extra capacity? Both old and new servers contain 1 RAID-5 array.

Thanks for your help. I'm surprised this is mentioned more often on the usual small biz server sites.

Andrew
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Going from a Dell PE 2800 to a new PE 1950 should not need Universal Restore... the systems are similar enough... as long as your storage hardware is also similar (ie, SCSI RAID to SCSI RAID)  Although there are some variations that will also work without using Universal Restore.

The thing is, if you end up needing it, you can download it immediately... so you just need to decide if it's worth having beforehand just in case.

Jeff
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