Currently run a P2P network with a Pentium 4/Win 2000 Pro machine (IDE HD) as the pseudo "server". I picked up a XP Pro upgrade disk and a Core 2 Duo machine (SATA HD). I want to use the new core 2 duo machine/XP as the new server. However I want to make this transition as easy as possible.
I was thinking that the easiest way to do this would be to use Acronis to do a bare metal image of the current server and restore the image to the new machine (supposedly possible to new hardware, see http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/
). Then do the XP upgrade, install any necessary drivers and be good to go. I wouldn't have to configure the network/networked software, install software, updates ,etc. That would be great if this resulted in a stable machine.
This seems like the easiest and quickest way to go. Any negatives to doing this? Any other ideas? Easy, quick, and a stable end computer is what I'm looking for. Thanks in advance.