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Want to upgrade server, can I clone on to more powerful server?

I have a client with a server that is the only server in the domain, it is the DC, it runs ACT, ClubSelect, ClubConnect, MS SQL 2005.

They asked for a new more powerful server. I am not sure what the best way to proceed. Their current server is about 4 years old.

Can I create an image of the old server and then put it on the new server, can anyone suggest ways of doing this please?

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dhoustonieCommented:
For legal reasons you can not ghost or image an OEM install of SBS to new server unless you purchase a new license of SBS.
You could use acronis or storage craft to mage the server across and add in the new drivers that would be required for the new server. Most recommended is storage craft, http://www.storagecraft.com and select their shadow protect app.
There can to issues doing things this way but you would have things identical at the end of it.
HTH
David Houston
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computermdnowAuthor Commented:
I see, so the applications and services would continue to function exactly the same?
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dhoustonieCommented:
It would keep the server the exact same way but allow you to install the necessary drivers to run on the new server.
HTH
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computermdnowAuthor Commented:
Neat, so then I would simply have to disconnect the old server, format the hard drive, and discard. Then the client wont have to buy SBS?

the other option is to continue using the old server for something else but I would need the extra sbs license?
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dhoustonieCommented:
you should never have the old and new on the network at the same time, you should make the image of the old one, keep it disconnected so that no changes are made and then copy the image to the new server and leave it running.
When you are completely happy that the new server is working and there is nothing left on the old server, and have had management sign off on that, then think about wiping it, so think one month with the old server in storage untouched, for the just in case factor.
If you client has SBS oem edition they would need to get a brand new SBS license to install on new hardware. If it is a retail version or a volume license copy they should be fine to transplant to new hardware.
Oem software must stay with the server it was installed on with no transfer rights to it.
You can not run 2 SBS servers in the same active directory, you would need to think about installing Windows 2003 as a possible terminal server or application server and need license to do so.
HTH
David
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computermdnowAuthor Commented:
Well, we sold it to them originally, i wasnt around then.

How can I check if its OEM?
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dhoustonieCommented:
check the cds that came with the server or see if there is a certificate of authority on the server.
Right click My Computer and go to properties.
Just below registered to: there will be a group of numbers if they say oem at all then it is oem installed.
HTH
David
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computermdnowAuthor Commented:
well it doesnt have OEM so I assume its safe. Is there anything else you can tell me?
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dhoustonieCommented:
Like what?
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computermdnowAuthor Commented:
Oh anything else I could find helpful in this situation. If not its ok. Thank you for all your advice.
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dhoustonieCommented:
I wuld always recommend testing on a test system before trying on a production server so they you have a feel for it. This can have issues so becareful.
HTH
David
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