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How to move BES server to new hardware

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Currently I have a BES server ver. 4.0.6 installed on an Exchange 2003 bridgehead server and I want to move it to a new server that will have a different hostname. I have 50 user accounts and the current data base is MSDE, I would like to use an MSDE database on the new server. I would also like to make this migration with the least amount of impact to users as possible meaning minimal down time and if possible I would like to avoid reactivating accounts as I found to be a requirement in the upgrade doc. I am planning to install BES 4.0.6 on the new server and once in place I will be updating to 4.1.4 at a later date. I have read about moving the database to the new server via running a restore from a backup of the original server and I was wondering if this is a viable solution. Also if anyone has performed this procedure successfully I would greatly appreciate a how to as I have minimal experience with BES so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I just recently did this about 6 months ago but I took a different approach to it. I decided to deploy it in a virtual machine so if and when I wanted to transition it again, I didn't have to do anything but to move the virtual machine.

I choose vmware for my virtual server because I personally like it better than Microsoft Virtual Server. I like that you have USB support for things like external hard drives or flash drives.

I took a good backup of my production server using ntbackup and stored it on an external hard drive. Then I created a vmware session without the virtual network card. Installed Windows 2003 server in a vmware session and attached an external hard disk via USB to access the backup file. I restored the backup and let the OS reboot. The OS had removed all the old hardware and installed all the new virtual hardware. I then installed vmware tools. Now I had a replica of my production server. Then I removed the network cable from my production server to prevent duplicate machine names or ip addresses on the network. I installed the NIC in vmware (bridging mode) and made sure it took over the IP address of my production server.

The new BES server took over right away and I have not had a problem with it since.

It made sense to me to use the virtual machine because if I were to ever have a hardware problem in the future, I can simply move the virtual machine to new hardware with very little downtime. I've done this with many of my servers and I couldn't be happier.


Thanks for the reply Modestqeek I am also contemplating a build out on a VMware server for the new BES server but In my case don't want to restore the entire Server/OS. I want to build a new server and then restore the backup of the exiting BES servers MSDE database onto the new server. I was also hoping that I would also be able to fall back to the original server if all failed.

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