Move Windows Server 2003 Standard to new hardware RRS feed

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  • I need to move a windows 2003 server standard editition to a new hardware configuration (bigger hard drives etc), which will still be running windows server 2003.  This server has TFS info on it etc, so I need to have the old server running at all times.  What steps do i take?  What additional steps or changes is there if I decide to move to windows server 2003?
    Friday, January 22, 2010 8:09 PM


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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the post.

    It depends on what Server Roles are installed on the original machine.

    At this point, you may check the following article for reference.

    How to move a Windows installation to different hardware

    Hope this helps.

    Monday, January 25, 2010 7:00 AM
  • First-that article is for moving to a computer that is the same make and model.  This is NOT what I need to do. 
    The server i want to move to A NEW BOX says its Roles are:  File Server and Application server roles.  

    Also, it is not a domain controller.  Also, the current server runs SQL 2005.  Does this matter, and if so, what additinal steps do i need to take to make the new machine work correctly? 

    do i even need to use Active Directory Migration Tool?  Is there a kb that discusses what I'm trying to do, not for DC and upgrading to a new version etc?  different article?  Very confused, can i just install a new copy of server 2003 on the new computer and copy the data then, or do i need to use this Active Direcory Migration Tool?  Can't tell from these posts if I need that for my task, or if that is just for domain controller migrating?  Please help!  New to this, need step by step procedure.  I have looked through countless knowledge bases and don't understand what to do-everything there seems to be either upgrading to a new version or something with domain controllers.
    Monday, January 25, 2010 3:09 PM
  • what i do is install windows 2003 at new server and restore with system state..after that restart and then you must prepare the drivers for updates. 
    Saturday, January 30, 2010 3:47 PM
  • Hi,

    I think you could use FSMT (File Server Migration Toolkit) on this case.

    Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2

    Overview of the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit

    As the current environment is also involved with SQL server, it will be another story. Please repost a thread to our SQL TechNet forum for further assistance.

    SQL Server TechNet Forum

    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Monday, February 8, 2010 2:37 AM
    Monday, February 8, 2010 2:37 AM
  • Hey, just a little more suggestion.

    Backup the old server into image and restore the image to the new hardware is the only way I can figure out.

    You have to use the feature of restore to dissimilar hardware(universal restore) to restore the image, because you would have to restore the image to hardware with different configuration. I'm afraid this is the only way you can do this successfully.

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:31 AM