Optimal way to replicate a Windows NT4.0 installation another server
Posted on 2007-04-11
Our question is, what is the best way to replicate an existing
NT4.0 server onto a new box, hopefully without the disk partition
limitations inherent to NT4.0. The server is currently being backed
up using Netbackup on a UNIX system we have. We also have Ghost available
to use as well.
While we could potentially use either Netbackup or Ghost to replicate the
server, I'd like to explore other options as well. Any utilities you know
about that would make this job easier to work with? I'm putting high
points on this question due to time constraints. Thanks for your help.
We have an old Windows NT box we use for Peoplesoft.
This installation has been modified, customized and patched
over the course of the years and we can't do a fresh install
on a new server because our peoplesoft developers cannot replicate the
current installation. This server was built prior to my time, and
they put both development and production on the same server - genious.
We are now in the uneviable position of having to upgrade this server.
To make matters even worse, there isn't currently enough space
to upgrade the operating system on this server. We would like to
replicate this server onto another one and work with the new server.
i.e. bring up a copy of this server with a new name and IP address,
bring up the development environment on the new server and work the
upgrade path on that server while production stays safe and sound
on the old NT server. Once the dev environment is good we'll bring
up production on that server as well.
Basically, we're stuck between the old and the new a looking for a better bridge.