How to properly move a front end server, step by step?


Would anyone be able to tell me how to properly move a front end server  to another machine? Our front end server is out of space, and we want to move it to another server, but due to complications such as SSl transfers and so on, I would like to find out if anyone can provide me with a step by step instructions, or a link, on how to to move the front end server the easiest way possible.

Thank you,

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lnkevinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Best way to approach this is copying the image of your server and put it on the new hardware. Make sure you only have one image up at a time to avoid conflict. Use Paragon or Acronis to create and restore image to different hardware (bare metal).

1. Create the image of the current server on an external HD
2. Restore the image on new HW (off line)
3. Run Sysprep to update the license
4. Bring the prime server down
5. Join the new server to the domain
6. Test


mprakhyeAuthor Commented:
Will the image, say using paragon,  work on a totally different machine, hardware wise? Also, what about SSL certificates, will that be transferred with the image too?


Yes, that is what the software design for. Make sure you choose the option to backup and restore on any different hardware. If the software (Paragon, Acronis True Image...) does not have a comparable driver for your new hardware, it will ask you to supply driver....Everything in your current server (software, license, configuration, registry...) will be transfer to the new box. You may have to be careful not to run two servers at a time to avoid licensing issue. Other than that, your SSL should pick up OK as long as your server name and/or IP won't change.

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