how to move windows server 2008 basic to new hardware
Posted on 2011-04-23
I'm trying to upgrade a Windows Server 2008 (r1) domain controller to newer hardware.
I installed a fresh version of Server 2008 on the new hardware, and then used the Server Backup Restore to another hard drive. But when I boot to the hard drive where the restore was performed, it gets an error and cannot boot.
I've tried loading drivers from the motherboard CD (Asus), and I was able to install HD audio and LAN, but the other devices didn't seem to have a "setup" file for Windows to use in installing drivers. I'm sure the actual drivers are there, but probably Asus installer is doing something non-standard and Windows facility to load drivers can't work.
I tried restoring this machine a couple years ago just to be sure I could do it in an emergency using Server 2008 backup, and for that PC, the drivers either were the same or loaded okay. But not on this new hardware. I'm going from PATA to SATA HD, but both are AMD.
Is there a way to copy the domain controller information to a fresh install of Server 2008? So long as all the configuration information is moved, that would work. Keep in mind, this our domain controller.