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Microsoft, SBS 2003 How to restore  the server on new hardware using the original server hard disc

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Hi
Our SBS2003 server failed on Friday and refuses to boot up at all. The back up media we were using is not recognised by the server or any PCs so I think it is shot (external USB hard drive). However the hard disc that was in the server appears to be OK ( I installed it as a slave in an old PC and can see all the files.
What I would like is for someone to provide guidance and information on how to do this (if it is possible to use this hard drive to restore the server on new hardware).
Paul
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First Step, take a replica of teh Hard Disk, never work with the Original.

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Next Step, find a Motherboard that had a similar or identical controller chipset.

You should be able to into the OS if you can attach the HDD into a system that has a similar chipset.

Messy, but a possible resolution.

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Hi BBBRazz

Thanks for coming back to me. Great advice on copying the data on the drive. Thanks.

The server hardware is quite old and was custome built so trying to find something the same would be hard. I have some temporary hardware available to get me going (hopefully) that I would like to use, but has a diferent size disc and different processor type etc etc. So really need help on getting this working on new hardware.
Thanks
Paul

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If the odl hardware was on an intel chipset, stick with intel.

Get as close as possible, i.e. Keeping the same manufacturer and try to boot the drive in the new system.

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Thanks, I wil have to get hold of a Intel based bit of hardware. What do I do then. Are there are any procedures to follow?
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The following article may be of some help. It provides the steps for "migrating" to new hardware. Sounds like it may be too late for that, but worth a review for some "gotchas".
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/a340742f-042e-48da-b865-5244bee1000f1033.mspx?mfr=true

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I think you'll be a little too late for the migration document.

Once your hard disk is in the new hardware, it's basically cross your fingers and hope!!!

If the server makes it into Windows, all we can do is wait for any issues that arise such as NIC issues, DNS and DHCP failing due to the NIC issues and the services failing.

The first step is to get into Windows, if it's at all possible.

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Thanks, I will be putting the old disc in similar hardware tomorrow and will keep you updated?

You may view this as new question if so I will create a new question, the only things I really want from my old server are the stuff we had on company web and the exchange public folders (we run MX Contact CRM based on public folders). Is there a way of getting these 'copied' over?

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The data should be recoverable. There are several steps that can be taken to recover the data in the event that this action cannot be taken.

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Thanks I will keep this post updated today.

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Hows the recovery going?

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Hi
We have investigated getting hold of similar hardware and drawn a blank.  Since our primary objective is to getback our public folders so that our outlook based CRM works (MXContact from Exchangewise) we are planning to use the Ontrack data recovery product to get our public fiolders from the old server hard disc over to the new server. The new server has the same name and domain as the old server so should make things a bit better.
Thanks
Paul
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In the end the end we moved the .pub1 folder over to replace the existing .pub1 and this gave us back the public folder with all our historic data. Power controls is great but doesn't move any hidden links or folders associated with the data in the public folders so wouldn't do what we wanted.

We have now restored the all the share point data so have a server that is doing all we need.

Thanks for being there and our assistance.
Paul
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