I have a Dell Poweredge 840 running SBS 2003 that has provided good service since mid-2007. I have been thinking about buying a stripped Poweredge 840 on Ebay with the same processor specs on the presumption that it is probably the same MB and chipset as I have now. The object would be that if there is a system failure on the in-service unit, I simply pull the hard disks, put them in the new box (which has the same model RAID card) plug in the RAM, and then boot.
1. What is the likelihood that everything will work just peachy from the get go? I guess I'd try booting to the old RAID card first, but would it boot to a different but same model card with the RAID 1 drives from the other box?
2. I maintain a running Acronis image backup using universal restore of the in production unit. If plan A is not likely to work, how about if created a new RAID 1 Array on the spare unit, then restored the image. The drivers should all be the same. All is well with the world?
Thanks for your responses.