Migrating SBS 2008 by imaging HDDs

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I neeed some advice about migrating an existing SBS 2008 install on an Intel Corei7 / X58 platform to a new server.

At this stage the new server isn't specified but I would like to know how successful imaging the existing setup and moving it a new server would be.

I realise there will be some driver issues doing so but in anyone's experience are they critical?

I have a client who is looking to move to a more powerful server to meet their needs and the client has already invested a large amount of money in on site techs setting up the existing server that I would like to avoid duplicating if I can.

If there are any recommended ways / software in doing so too please feel free to make the suggestions.

I would like to hear people experiences. Searching the KB here I wasn't able to find any related experiences or advice.
Question by:rafsta01
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    Before doing this, stop all critical services that come with SBS (like Exchange, etc) before doing image to be sure that DB was shutdown correctly. Then do the image. On the new server install all needed drivers, make sure you have no errors in Event logs and finally start closed services (Exchange), one by one.
    Hope that helps
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    For imaging one server to another, I would recommend you purchase Acronis TrueImage. This product has a very high success rate and will get the image operation completed and restored for you very quickly and easily. The added benefit to Acronis is it will handle most of the driver inconsistency issue for you during the restore operation, so there would be no need to worry about that when you first attempt to boot the server.


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