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Dynamics v8 transfer to another server

I have a problem with an "old" server that is dying. Windows Server SBS 2003, Dynamics 8, SQL 2000. We DO NOT have any money to go out and buy all new software and hardware. However when we bought these Dell 2800's we got two of them--one for production and another for a hardware backup, After 10 years we will hope to get a use of the backup. So my question is if I install Server 2003 SBS and then install Dynamics and SQL can I then "simply" copy the Dynamics install from the old server to the new install? If I  setup SQL to store the databases in the same place so that when Dynamics starts it is setup on the "same" hardware albeit it different hardware, will that work? Or is the Dynamics install much too complicated to do it like this? Or will have I have to export registry settings and/or something else to get this functioning. We do not have the money to hire a Dynamics expert to do this transfer for us, so I was hoping this "simple" process might work--will it? Thanks!
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Hi lionelmm,

I don't think that will work.  I am not  an expert in this area so you might want to wait for other experts to  respond.

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Thank you.
This seems to have been posted quite a long time ago, but thought I'd respond anyhow.

If you are going to move your exact installation to another identical server then you can simply backup and restore.  The easiest way to do this would be to use a full image backup such as Acronis, but the built-in SBS backup should do the trick.

Just follow the documentation:

I would point out that all of your software is beyond the general support life-cycle, so you will really be stuck should you have any problems in the future.  Best to get it upgraded, or look at alternative cloud-based solutions which do not require such a large investment.

Thanks for that but in the question I did note that we do not have any money for this--we have to make do with what we have, and cannot upgrade--even to cloud based solution. Worst case we will do a ASR to the backup server--that will be our fail back, last option solution but since we are going to do this I wanted to do a fresh install of Windows Server and then of SQL and then of Dynamics. After 10 years of use all operating systems have their issues and so I wanted to find out how best to proceed to move an existing SQL/Dynamics from one server to another. Since posting this Q I have found several helpful postings and it is possible--do you have any experience doing this? I have actually started the process, having put together a server of spare parts for testing purposes and have SQL in the same sate as the old server, same updates, same service packs--first requirement. Next is to create databases in the same order as the original--trying to find out that order from their IDs--stuck here for now.
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Did not get any help from anyone on this question--I had to find the answer myself.