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H/W upgrade - Can I restore Complete ntbackup from Win2003 32bit R2 SP2 enterprise to Win2003 R2 x64 SP2 Enterprise?

Upgrading HDD's and RAM on an old HP Proliant ML150 G5.. the server had 4x 1GB DDR2 5300 memory, and I would like to add another 4GB, for a total of 8GB.

In terms of HDD's, I am changing the embedded SATA Raid controller (Intel ICH9R), to a new HP Smartarray E200 with BBWC. I also have four new SATA 250GB drives that will go with it, in RAID10

Right now I have a degraded array on the proliant (was RAID1, one of the two drives failed yesterday, I unplugged the failed one, and now there is only one drive that has O/S, Data, everything).

Currently it's running Windows 2003 Server R2 SP2 Enterprise 32bit. I have about 20 users connected to the domain and 150GB of data. main purpose of server is DHCP, DNS, file sharing and PPTP server.

.. wanted to know if I can restore my .bkf file (System state, all local drives, everything), after I upgrade my hardware, and install  Windows 2003 Server R2 SP2 Enterprise x64?

What would be the proper procedure to perform this upgrade?

I assume i should:

0) disable embedded raid controller from bios now that I have only one drive plugged in
1) physically install new HDD's and E200 array, and setup new RAID10 array with my 4x 250G drives
2) add the 2x 2GB extra RAM modules
3) upgrade firmware on the array and enable cache (if not E200 gives very slow performance)
4) install Server 2003 x64 on the new machine
5) restore .bkf from an external USB drive to the new 2003 O/S
5) check everything works and delete old Windows installation
6) add current 250G drive as "hot spare" for the RAID10 array

Anything looking wrong above?

Thank you
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Thank you, unfortunately i do not have a VM option because it's being used as a physical server.

Ok I can stick to the 32bit version if the 64 would complicate things. I can keep my 4GB of ram then.

Can you please confirm the steps above are ok in the case I would like to re-install Win2003 32bit enterprise?

Thank you

@andyalder yes! thanks for double-checking, we are getting the BBWC version that has the battery and 128MB memory onboard
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darkbluegr for to create a VM, you can also use a simple desktop or notebook, so it is a temporary solution (max 1 day) just to upgrade the hardware.

However, the steps appear to be correct .... although I never did upgrade in this way ... I always tried to use the surest way and least risky.
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thank you, I will install 2003 32bit on the VM using VMware workstation edition.

about step 2 - it will be secondary DC?

and how about migration of the existing data, can I restore from the complete .bkf I have, into a new larger logical drive I will be creating on the new raid array?

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Thank you, I ran this program and I saw that "domain does not exist"

attaching screenshot... any ideas?

screen
Also it seems like my 2003 server after re-install can not contact the VM in order to join the domain.

The VM has IP: 192.168.1.11
the server before re-install had IP: .10
now I have assigned .12 to the server after the OS is installed again. seemes very strange.
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That's a DNS problem.
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this is my DNS debug log:

 dnsdebug.txt
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