Need advice about moving a Windows 2000 Server to new hardware that will be running Server 2003
Posted on 2008-06-21
I have an HP server (true server hardware, raid, etc.) that has windows 2000 server running on it. I have a new DELL server (again true server running raid, etc) that has windows 2003 server installed on it. I want move from the 2000 server to the 2003 server and the following are my stipulations/details:
1. Server name and IP address must remain the same
2. Must migrate over all user accounts
3. Must migrate all data
4. Terminal services is currently being used and must be switched as well
5. Downtime must be minimal (like a weekend)
My plan of attack is to upgrade the existing 2000 server to 2003 server using transitional licensing. Then clone that upgraded installation to the new DELL server and perform a repair installation of windows. Then install all new drivers that are needed and bring back online.
The only thing I am not familiar with is cloning raid hard drives. I imagine I should image the old server through the network and place that image on the new server.
Based on what I have and my plan of attack, are there any suggestions or advice anyone can give me to make this procedure go smoothly?
Thanks in advance