2012R2 Essentials move to new hardware

I have used Acronis to restore a 2012r2 Essentials image from a old server to a new server. I'm going to be decommissioning the old and replacing with the new. My question is before I plug the new one into the network and shut down the old what should I do? Is it as simple as shutting the old down and plugging in the new server since I restored the complete image to the new as long as the IP is the same as the old? Will the clients/devices connect to the new without having to reconnect with the connector? I hope this makes sense!

All help is greatly appreciated...Thanks
David HajtunAsked:
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Wayne88Commented:
I assume the image you're restoring from is very recent (preferably created just before you powered off the old server) because if too much times has passed then it may have lost trust with the AD.  If not then no worry, I have replicated this situation in VM many times.  All good.

However, if you're doing a physical restore to a different hardware then make sure you use the Universal Restore and that all the drivers for the new machines are available.  Are you using the Acronis ABR?

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David HajtunAuthor Commented:
It was within a few hours and I did use the universal? is that okay? Thanks
Wayne88Commented:
Sure, it's fine.  You can restore then power off the old machine before bringing up the new (to avoid trust issue as well as IP conflict).  If it's similar hardware then all should be intact.

Also, I forgot to mention.  In some cases this is what I have to do especially when restoring to a new machine

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You may need to rejoin the server again to the domain because it lost trust.  Simply put it in a standalone mode then rejoin it to the domain if this is not a DC.  If it's a DC you may risk of having to rejoin other computers to the domain again.
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David HajtunAuthor Commented:
Great thanks!
Wayne88Commented:
Glad to help, let me know if any problem.
David HajtunAuthor Commented:
Worked great!
Wayne88Commented:
That's great! Thanks for getting back.
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