What's the best way to replicate the contents of servers?


  • Here's the situation. Got a client who wants to take his 5 existing servers - one a general file/app server, one an email (probably Exchange) server, one running MS SQL, and I'm not sure about the roles of servers 4 and 5. Needless to say, he wants to take the existing servers and relocate them to his home. He also wants to replace the servers with new versions.  The old servers are running an older version of Windows Server (assuming 2003 but could be newer) - but he IS willing to spend money upgrading the OS if need be.

    He wants to take the 5 servers and replicate the contents from the old servers to the new ones. Then periodically update the old group with the updated data on the new group - so in case of disaster, he can quickly either move the old servers back to his office OR at least recover the data quickly by way of a sync session.

    What is the best way to go about this? Will he need to upgrade the OS on the old servers to make it happen? Money isn't much of an obstacle.

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013 2:21 AM