My school runs Windows 2003 server on a small desktop and they want to move it to a higher spec server.
We are thinking of installing an additional drive into the desktop and then cloning the whole disk using Acronis True Image v9. We would then put the cloned disk into the new server and boot from that (theoretically). We want the new server to be an exact copy of the old, as we will not use the old server again, so is it necessary to use the Microsoft sysprep tool as there is no need to change the SID or anything else ?
We are anticipating the possibility of having to install additional drivers as the hardware is different but wanted to ask if more experienced users could foresee any other issues - like motherboard serial number etc.
I understand that there are different and possibly better methodologies, such as installing the new server alongside the old and migrating data across the network. One issue with doing that is we don't have any spare Windows 2003 server installation disks and at best could only install a temporary Windows 2000 environment on the new server...
Thanks for any help given