Move Redhat 9 (Shrike) to new hardware.

What is the best way to migrate a Redhat 9 image to a new server?  Old server is a Dell Precision Pentium III with IDE hard drive.  New server is an HP DL380 with Scsi U320 mirrored.  System is running a 15 year old software which must run on the same Kernel.  Not sure how easy it is to move.
mednetAsked:
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c_a_n_o_nCommented:
That doesn't sound too easy.
You may run into problems.  Reading others attempts to install RedHat9 on DL380.
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=87742
http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do?admit=109447626+1269572251806+28353475&threadId=1191819
... and it's not supported under HP site.  (lost the link).

Might I suggest, run Windows or another flavor of Linux (supported by HP) on the HP server, Create an image of you RedHat9 server, and restore the image to a virtual machine on the DL380.  It doesn't sound like your server will require a lot of resources as it's on a PIII.

More and more businesses are going virtual machines these days, this is a good use case for that.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
The easiest way is to turn the RH9 into a virtual machine, and just install the (free) vmware ESXi 4.0 on the DL380. not only will this work, but it will work, and forever eliminate the issue of supporting "old" hardware.
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mednetAuthor Commented:
If I use vmware ESXi 3.5 or 4.0 will I be able to move the entire drive to the virtual machine or do I have to start over with a fresh install of Linux Redhat 9?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
you can move the entire "system", no fresh install. There is a vmware migration utility that automates the process for you that converts the physical machine into a logical machine/data files  (but leaves physical machine in tact).
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mednetAuthor Commented:
What is the vmware migration utility to do that?  
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DavidPresidentCommented:
VMWare migration assistant ...
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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mednetAuthor Commented:
I converted it but when when it powers on it says:  Error Loading  Operating System.  So it didn't really convert from the physical to the VM right?  Is there a way to fix that error?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Install vmware esxi (whatever the highest level your hardware supports), and this is the O/S you boot your computer to.  Then you copy the virtual image onto the vmware system, and use the vmware management utility to open up the virtual machine, modify the hardware config, then boot to it.

There are some nice easy tutorials on youtube, of all places, to look at ESXi and see how easy it is.  but it is only easy the 2nd time you do it :)
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mednetAuthor Commented:
I just completed migrating a Redhat 9 4.20-8 server to new hardware and a virtual machine. If I attempt to alter the time or date with the date command I receive the following message.

"date: relocation error: /lib/tls/libpthread.so.0: symbol __resp, version GLIBC_PRIVATE not defined in the file libc.so.6 with link time reference"

This also comes up during the bootup process along with "sleep: relocation error". I have never done I migration like this before and would consider myself a novice to linux. This server runs an old software package and I would prefer not having to totally reload it. The software we run appears to be run fine at first glance but I don't want to roll this out until all errors are resolved. Any help would be appreciated.
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