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I have a Windows 2003 Stnd Sever that I need to replace with a new server.  This server was in a building where there was a fire, and a new server is going to be provided.  The old server is still working and I want to get everything off of that box and move it to the new one.  The server is running Exchange, file shares, and a couple of other applications.  It is also a DC, but I am going to talk to them about adding another DC as they are not replicating to anything.  What would be the best way to do this?
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You are not looking at an easy task if it is an Exchange Server as well. as a domain controller.
I personally recommend using a P2V service and virtualizing the server, then moving it to ESXi.

you are going to have a host of hardware compatiability problems if you simply try to clone from one machine to another.
and migrating the roles is a big job too basically involving:
installing server 2003/2008.
adding the server as a domain controller, whilst old server is plugged in
transfering all FSMO roles
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nstalling exchange on to new server
migrate transport roles, exchange database
many other fiddely things..

however if you go down the virtual path it is significantly smoother transitiion, then you can start to seperate your roles at your own speed comfortably afterwards.
the steps to virtual would be.
1. downloadESXi fornew box from vmware.  (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=esxi&rct=j&q=vmware%20download%20esxi&ei=8cuKTdObLMuOcez36PwJ&usg=AFQjCNHBrjOyvlZeYDC1V2Y9kFbxuIp9sg&sig2=W2_Lis3xVTFOlwrjUkfuMA&cad=rja) for free choose the 32 or 64 bit version, sign up will be required.
2. burn the downloaded ISO to DVD, put in new machine install ESXI it is super easy.
3. configure IP of esxi on server, on your Pc workstation browse to that ip in a browser, download client, login to ESXI server using the client.
4. configure the essentials in esxi via the client (network configuration etc. storage configuration)
5. download vmware convertor (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0) for your workstation, run convertor, follow the wizard and use it to capture your old server.
6. move the captured machine to your esxi server, boot it up in virutal environment, (wtih network disconnected) go to device manager on new virtual machine and remove all unecasary devices (shwo all hardware)
7. plug virtual network back in and your server is on a new machine ready to go.


there is a bit of learning invovled but its surprisingly not that hard to use, feel free to ask more questions on here if you decide to go the virtual path, i stronlgy reccomend it.
you could do this reccomendation in a week easily... id say it will be longer then a week to do a manaul role migration to a new machine.

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