I have an older Dell Server that the hard ware is showing signs of failure but it’s still running fine. To be proactive, I also have a newer more powerful HP Proliant DL380G3 server that I want to use to replace the Dell Server. This newer server provides hot-swap technology that I like for creating ERD disks (using 1 of the mirrored pairs of drives)
It’s not a concern whether I like Dell better then HP servers. It’s just the fact that I support dozens of these HP servers and I have access to many more identical HP servers.
The current Dell server is running Microsoft Server 2003 and a proprietary Medical SQL application running on Microsoft’s SQL 2000 with SP4
The dilemma I’m faced with is:
- I built a fresh Windows Server 2003 using the same server name and credentials, installed all the service packs and latest drivers. I then installed SQL 2000 with SP4. It runs perfectly with no errors. The problem: I installed the SQL application and database. No matter what I do, I can’t log onto the database. I can’t call the Tech Support folks because they want $7000 a year for support.
- I submitted this question and received good feedback. I’m not a SQL expert so I feel I’m at a stand-still with attempting the SQL restore to the newly built HP server. I tried to find “paid help” but have been unsuccessful due to the fact no one know the application
- So now I want to see if I can clone the newer HP server by backing up and importingthe server image from the Dell. The Operating system will be identical
Here’s what I want to do
- I’ve read that there are server cloning programs such as Acronis that I can take a server image from one server and restore it to a dissimilar server. I am experienced with cloning identical servers and PC's but never dissimilar servers I’m sure there will be issues such as disk drivers – which I should be able to pull from HP’s SmartStart installation CD’s
Does anyone have any experience and/or recommendations as to how I should go about this