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I am doing server migration. These server are very critical and backup restoration is not possible.

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I need to create an smooth migration of our windows 2000 and windows 2003 servers.
These are mission critical and while they are backed up on tape the build time does not allow for reinstall/reload data. 600+ Users are waiting for these machines at 9am!

What I want is a simple way to backup the existing RAID 5 array and RAID 0. Please let us know if we can make a ghost image of these servers and restore the same in case in problem occurred.
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by:EricTViking
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If your imaging software doesn't support grabbing an image of the entire array, you can image each disk separately. If you need to restore then image each drive back individually. You say you have a tape backup so that's good - *if* there is a problem and *if* the image fails to restore, you  still have the option of tape backup.

Alternatively if you have spare disks you could image your existing drives to spare ones, and work on the spares (copies). That way if you hit a problem you will still have the original disks intact.
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by:paulsolov
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You may use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server to image the servers before the upgrade.  If upgrade goes wrong you can restore the image from bare metal and/or to different hardware including virtual.  The restore is usually fast (about 1.5GB per minute on a gig switch).  What I normally do in cases such as this is image the server, restore to a standby server in case the upgrade goes bad I have a standby system ready to be plugged in.  

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Is there any freeware utility ?
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