Estimate for amount of time needed to backup and restore Windows Server 2003

I have to replace a "near-dying" server...it currently is running windows server 2003...i am waiting to hear back on whether or not they want to upgrade to either 2008 or 2011, but would like any input as to what might be the amount of time to quote them for putting "Humpty-Dumpty"back together again...they are currently on a workgroup and have a total of 10 users...The main purpose of the server is for file sharing, quickbooks server and xactimate27....

Option A - Backup and restore with Server 2003, just on a new machine

Option B - fresh install of Server 2008 or 2011...

Also any input as to what specs might be adequate for said project would be greatly appreciated...

Thank you in advance...
Daniel FishkinOwner and Principal ConsultantAsked:
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neothwinCommented:
How about Option C: Install Win 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and convert old 2003 server as a VM (physical to virtual :P2V conversion),
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Daniel FishkinOwner and Principal ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Will option C work with win 2008 foundation edition?

and you lost me at ...Install Win 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and convert old 2003 server as a VM (physical to virtual :P2V conversion),

I will google search this....

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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
I'm with neothwin on this. If your primary objective is to minimize the amount of time needed to stabilize the environment I would go with a new physical server running 2008 R2 and virtualize your existing physical 2003 server.

I would estimate 1 hour to load the 2008 R2 and configure the Hyper-V role. It would perhaps take another 1 hour or so of active labor then to virtualize. Understand that this just addresses moving the existing 2003 server operating system environment onto a stable platform with the least amount of labor.

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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
jibboo, basically you get your new server and a license for 2008 R2 Standard. You install 2008 R2 Standard on the new physical server and then install the Hyper-V role. You can download a trial of System Center Virtual Machine Manager to them virtualize your 2003 physical server onto the new 2008 R2 server. Basically you'd be running the 2003 Server on top of your 2008 R2 standard server.

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Daniel FishkinOwner and Principal ConsultantAuthor Commented:
But will this provide the most ease and functionality...I can virtualize the machine tomorrow so as I make sure it is "safe" before I have a chance to get the new hardware...but is this the best long term solution?

thanks

I wish my client was proactive instead of reactive...I have been stating for weeks that they need to pull the trigger on a new server...
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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Virtualizing your server gives you much more portability. Since your needs are simple, e.g. light applications and files/print sharing, then this is the ideal scenario for virtualization.

Windows 2008 R2 Standard is the correct license for you. It will give you 1 physical license in which to run Hyper-V on and 1 virtual license for your virtualized server.

MO  
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sifueditionCommented:
The virtualization adds some complexity...to your role as the supporter. It should be transparent to the end users who sound as though they are not technically inclined (running as a workgroup is why I assume that).

The beauty of the solution is that the end user is unaware of anything being different while you are aware of the improved hardware stability and base OS. You also end up with more options to be prepared for a rapid disaster recovery by backing up the VM and being able to redeploy it within a MUCH shorter timeframe than if those functions were handled by the base OS itself.

The cost...it would seem that you have some work ahead of you to get familiar with virtualization. In the end, as a person supporting business environments, this will be of great value to you anyways.
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Daniel FishkinOwner and Principal ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Once again thanks for the help...I have been testing the virtualization software and backup/restore on a test machine, and have it figured out....
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