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Moving the Exchange Server 2007 + DC using Acronis (Disk Snaphsot tools) from one Server to another

Posted on 2009-04-14
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Hi All,

I've got two slightly different Dell PowerEDGE 2950-III servers, they are both the same model in terms of processor and memory the only different is the Disk type which

Server A - Exc.Server07 - SATA - RAID 5 of 4x500GB Disks - 1.5 TB
Server B - BareMetal - SAS - RAID 0 of  5x400GB Disks - 2.0 TB (I'll make it RAID 5 too).

is there any problem that i should worry about in making a snapshot in Server A and then deploying it on Server B ?

any comments will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

 
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As long as the raid controller is the same you'll be fine. If it's not then you won't be fine.
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Both Acronis and StorageCraft support hardware independent restores.

During the restore to bare metal you will have the option to slipstream the appropriate RAID controller drivers into the OS image.

Make sure the hardware you are working with is up to date BIOS, FRU, SDR, BMC, and RAID firmware before attempting on BOTH boxes.

It is a good idea to install the updated RAID drivers on the existing installation too.

When slipstreaming the drivers into the OS, make sure you have the newest available from the manufacturer's Web site.

Do not down the old server until you are comfortable that the new one is online and good to go.

Some Hardware Independent Restore considerations (pay close attention to the comments):
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2008/02/sbs-shadowprotect-some-hardware.html
Note that the above is SBS specific, but there will be other considerations involved in your situation there too.

Philip
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by:jjoz
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Thanks to all for your comments,

to MPECSinc,
having said "Do not down the old server until you are comfortable that the new one is online and good to go"...

the answer is yes, of course the original will be kept offline in case the restored DC + Exc.Srv07 got problem.

the think that i worried is that the AD replication since the previous attempt to restore the Exc.Srv07 using Acronis was failed due to the AD won't replicate each other :-|
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hm... yes, I've just realised that the

Server A - ExcSrv07 is dual QuadCore E5410 (8CPU)
               SATA2-7200 rpm

Server B - BareMetal (plain Win2k3) is single QuadCore E5410 (4 CPU)
               SAS - 10000 rpm

everything else is the same (Dell PERC6/i Integrated RAID Controller) the disk running.

hopefully there is nothing that i should be worry about.
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Thanks for the suggestion.
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