Windows SBS 08 Server Hardware "upgrade" - How to do it?
Posted on 2013-01-01
Our windows sbs08 server is currently running on a Dell T105 box. I have purchased a Dell T410 box onto which I want to migrate our existing SBS OS and data. Although I've been in IT for more than 24 years, I have only a limited amount of experience with server setup and maintenance.
I have tried going through sbsmigration.com's swing-it system, but ended up in over my head. I have tried doing a hardware independent restore with StorageCraft's Shadow Server, and had limited success. The restore went ok, windows found and loaded all but the system interrupt controller drivers. But the box, which has dual quadcore processors & 32gb ram, acted as if it were brain dead. It would take an amazingly long time for anything to happen. Click on a program, wait a few minutes for it to start up. I'm not exaggerating.
Other than buying another copy of SBS and starting from scratch, I'm at my wits end. I don't want to have to re-setup everything, active directory, users, exchange, exchange ip block lists, programs, the whole nine yards. Any help will be greatly appreciated.