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Upgrading Hardware on SBS 2003 Server

Hello All,

We have a Dell 2800 server that has been in operation since mid 2006, I am getting concerned that it will will start crashing soon and want to pre-empt that by moving it to new hardware.

We have no problem with the SBS2003 software and use it primarily just for file and print sharing and MS Exchange. We do not use any other features on it like SQL or IIS. We have about 30 users at present.

What is the most efficient way to migrate to new hardware? Are there any little tips and tricks that will help us get this sorted in the least amount of time?

We run Acronis Backup & Recovery┬« 11.5 and I understand that the Universal Restore is the best way to go? I am most concerned about the MS Exchange side of things as we have about 50GB of data there.

Your input would be greatly appreciated.
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Larrymey HawkinsCommented:
When migrating its always going to get hairy at some point. Its important to know your hal's and make sure that you have the correct Hal between the equipment your currently on and migrating to. Here is a good place to start you off.


If you installed the software your self from an OEM you can package the operating system as a first time install including your data. Then shutdown and image the drive.


I have used this method a few times and it works great because it resets the HAL and SID's. two of the largest problems with hardware migration. Hope this helps.
11.5 has support for Exchange,so it should work,but just in case,just dismount the exchange db ,run a backup and then do the restore.

VSS should do the rest.
parimpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses so far, I was wondering if it is feasible to build a new server from scratch with the CD's I have and then import the mailboxes back into exchange (will we still be able to reply to old emails?) and copy the shared data across, I understand this is a new question but I think it is still relative to the topic.
Larrymey HawkinsCommented:
Yes but its not going to fit like a glove your going to have to rebuild permissions.  You should be able to respond to old emails as long as you do a full exchange backup.

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