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Windows SBS 08 Server Hardware "upgrade" - How to do it?

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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.
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by:WORKS2011
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What errors did you get with Storage Craft Shadow server? I've had really good luck with it.

Is the Dell T05 OEM?
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by:Neil Russell
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If your orriginal install of SBS2008 is an OEM install, came with the server, then you are not legally entitled to move it to new hardware and 9 times out of ten it will fail anyway.

OEM Software sold with a server is ONLY licensed to run on the hardware you purchase it with.
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by:mic-net
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It is not an oem install. I purchased sbs08 separately. Thanks
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by:mic-net
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works2011, no errors. The restore runs fine. It's the server that runs like molasses in the winter. The lights on the drives blinks, but the server is nearly unresponsive. I think it's the system interrupt controller, but I can't get far enough to try updating the chipset drivers.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Find the issues with SBS install using the BPA.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6231
Usually slow SBS will point at NIC driver issues (sometimes due to AV products) or IPV6 missing or harddrive drivers. I would suggest you start with them.
If you still have the original server: add your new drivers, do and SBS backup and restore to new hardware, or use any program capable of a universal restore.
Good luck and I hope that helps.
Olaf
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by:rindi
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If I'm not mistaken, you should run the wizards again so that all is setup properly and bindings etc go to the proper NIC's.
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rindi, the box is not stable enough for me to even get that far.
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It turns out that the main issue was installing the 32bit drivers with which to perform the restore. After doing so, the restore time was cut in half. Then I installed the 64bit drivers and the server booted up as it should, without any delays or hesitation. All of this hassle could have been avoided if StorageCraft provided even halfway provided decent documentation. The StorageCraft program is excellent. The documentation sucks.
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I am choosing my own answer because it is the solution that solved the problem. I was able to figure this out speaking to a storagecraft technician.
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