I have a stack of virtual (vmware) and physical servers that I have to migrate
(as a result of an acquisition) from one company to another. I would appreciate the expert
opinions of this community to help guide me through this.
I understand that this topic has been bantered around quite a bit in these forums, I think the constraints
that I have make my situation somewhat unique though.
These servers include:
- Win 2000 Server (Physical - Dell PowerEdge 2650)
- Win 2003 Server EE (Virtual - vmware on IBM Blade Servers - 2 Dual Core CPU)
- Win 2003 Server STD Edit. (Virtual - vmware on IBM Blade Servers - 2 Dual Core CPU)
- Win 2003 Server Std x64 Edit. (Physical - IBM x3650)
- the 'Selling' company will not grant me access (at all) to logon directly to the existing servers in their environment. This will not change,
however, I can sit down (with limited time allowed) with their SE and ask questions.
- the 'Selling' company will not allow any (zero) network modifications.
- the 'Selling' company will not allow me to connect any 'new' servers to their network.
I need to develop a migration process which includes P2P and V2P steps. Notice that I am
taking everything back to a physical server. The acquiring company has limited technical
resources and I feel it's best to not install remote VM environments given this. There are 3 locations
and approx 15-20 servers involved.
In the process, we will be migration from one tree/forest to another. For example, today the servers
reside in domainxx.company.com and yyyyy.domainxx.company.com. In the future, they will likely
migrate into the same structure with a difference 'company' name.
The new servers will all be Dell models with local attached storage (KISS).
Can I use a produce like Acronis Backup and Recovery with Universal Restore to accomplish this?
If so, I will need the 'Selling' company SE to give me the server image on a USB Drive that I will then restore on the new server.
Will I have issues bring these machines up giving the DNS/AD changes mentioned above?
Initially, the new AD/DNS will not be available to me.
I need to build these servers out and then join them to the new AD.