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I have had an experience recently where a Mobo Burned out, and I needed to put in an entire operating system, rather then just replace the Mobo….

So unrelated, but still true, I need to upgrade my server 2008    to 2012.   After talking to my tech, I told him of my fear. The fear that even if I had the image backed up, that the hardware would one day malfunction, and not boot ( if I needed to replace in the future).  He is recommending that I buy a Sata Expansion card.   And that my hard drive boot from it, rather then the sata on the Mobo.  In this way he feels he can take my system and boot it off of any new mobo if I do have such a problem.. so long as I but an expansion sata card for the machine I wash to boot from in the future..


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by:rick81
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If your concerned about the hardware failing i'd recommend you build a virtual server.
that way you can easily relocate the virtual server(s) to another machine if the hardware fails.  and they are not hardware dependent.  

install win2012 as your host O/S.  install the hyper v role.  then build your virtual server(s)

as long as you have backups of the vhd files.  you can copy these to any machine using a variety of virtual software (hyper v, vmare, virtual box, etc)

here is a brief into into virtualisation.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuXVJH9lDQo
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Funny  you recommended that.....

that is exactly what they want to do...

so you are a proponent of server virtualization... Glad to hear that....

so now lets go the next step.     say the mobo dies... and I need to replace with  a new one which will not boot from my old hard drive.    in that case, I need to install server 2012 from scratch.....    that is the part I would like to try to avoid.

see what I mean...
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virtualisation is definatley the way to go.  it is common practice now.

ideally you'd replace with the same mobo if possible and avoid having to reinstall software, reconfig, etc.

worst case if you had to replace with a different mobo, you can reinstall windows2012 and they hyper v role.  might take 1-2hrs.  it doesn't take long to install a vanilla win2012.

then setup your VM's again and attach the vhd files.  make sure you have a c drive parition just for win2012 host.  all the vhd files, etc on another disk or partition.  so you can leave all the data intact and just reinstall the host O/S.

another option is to run a different O/S as the host.  you could run linux which would be even quicker to reinstall if you had to.

unfortunately nothing is perfect and disaster recovery is not usually a 5 minute job.  if you have a major hardware failure and can be up and running again in a couple of hours i think that is pretty good.

the other option is to keep your hardware under manufacturers warranty.  I will only purchase DELL servers + computers.  And keep the warranty for at least 3-5 years.  That way hardware failures are dealt with by them and repaired on site.  same day, next day, etc.  you cant beat it.
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by:intelogent
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that is really good advice....    and your comment that a major disaster recovery in a few hours   is right.
made my decision ...
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i've had days of disaster recovery to fix problems before.  virtualisation really takes the time out of recovering physical machines.
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