Ghost Image

Posted on 2010-08-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hello everyone,

Is it possible to ghost a server with specific hardware and re-image another server but with different hardware. I have a Dell server that I want to ghost and install the image on a HP server. Will this cause any issues?
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clniesen earned 100 total points
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If it is windows server, you can ghost it to the new server but you will most likely need to do a repair install and (if needed) reinstall drivers.  One way to make sure this works is to use something like PlateSpin Migrate:
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You should not have any issues imaging a server. You will have to do a repair from the CD so that the image would get the correct HAL and RAID driver.

If this is a DC then do NOT do a image of the server.
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Also if the server license is OEM, you may have activation issues.

 I hope this helps !
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Hi, Dariusq

When you say repair from the CD does that mean from the 2003 server CD?
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Look under this section for steps.

How to Repair Your Installation of Windows

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clniesen earned 100 total points
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If it is a DC, you can sometimes backup the system state and do a restore of the system state to different hardware (after the OS is installed or base server ghost image copied).  You also would need to do a repair install afterwards.

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Thanks guys!

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