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restoring windows server 2003 backup to a similar machine


I have windows server 2003 with some applications running. Since I have trouble with this machine, I like to move to a new server which is similar  to the old one. I have installed windows 2003 on the new machine but without the applications. Now i like to restore windows server 2003 backup to the new server! is it possible to do that? Can I keep the old one running while restoring the new one? If yes! how do I avoid machine name and ip address conflict? Or I have to turn off the old one to complete the restore process?
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alex-2010
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Kruno DžoićSystem EngineerCommented:
unplug network cable before you restore backup
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Kruno DžoićSystem EngineerCommented:
from new PC of course, while running old one
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just complete the restore operation on the new server, make sure the backup of the old server you are restoring includes System State (very important), at the end of the Restore, the Restore Operation will ask you to restart the computer.

At this stage, remove the networking cable from the old computer, and restart the new freshly restore server. (make sure it's also connected to the network).
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Make sure the newer Server, has the same Service Pack and Updates installed as the old server.
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chakkoCommented:
You can keep the old server running while doing the restore.

After the restore is complete the new server will not be using the new name/ip address.  After you restart the new server is when that will change.  So unplug the old server from the Network before you restart the new server.

If you need the old server to be online, then just plug the new server into a standalone switch to keep it separate from the LAN.  You can plug some test PC into the switch for testing.

But, you should take the old server offline so that your data is up to date (the backup is current).  Or you just need to manually update any data files to the new server by yourself.
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alex-2010Author Commented:
thanks all
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