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Posted 23 June 2015 - 10:29 AM
Posted 23 June 2015 - 11:55 AM
Is the old server running Active Directory?
If the server is about to die you need to work during business off hours.
Fastest in my opinion if running AD would be to join the new server to the forest. Once AD has replicated xfer over the roles. All this can be done during business hours with little impact on the network. Restore the data from the old server to the new, and then point everyone to the new data source.
Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:51 PM
This might help out: Bare-metal, system state recovery in Windows Server 2008 R2
Would sysprep not be an option?
Posted 23 June 2015 - 06:23 PM
I would do what wanderer has advised, it shouldnt take longer than a day and you could be doing this all during work hours.
The only last thing would be to edit GPO's (WSUS maybe) and mapped drives and printers (Including new print drivers). Then make sure everyone reboots (Or change the refresh times of the GPUdate times through a GPO to ensure thye have recieved the new policys before rebooting).
Transfere the FSMO roles etc over to new server and force replication with repadmin or use Sites & services.
Change DNS pointers and DHCP etc etc, its the quickest way for sure and if its done right, after a reboot they would be none the wiser.
Posted 23 June 2015 - 09:40 PM
Posted 23 June 2015 - 10:52 PM
Sure mate you could install ESXi 5.* and then clone the machine and import into a vmware enviroment, but are you not upgrading the domain controller to 2012 (Use the money from the 2012 purchase and buy ESXi 5)?
if you want to leave it as 2008R2 then just use vmware convertor to convert the physical to virtual and make sure its set for infurstructure.
You can covert straight to the ESXi server usign vmware convertor as well.
This would mean minimal downtime i guess but remember before starting it, turn the Vmware NIC off on the virtual to make sure it starts and works before turning the old server off.
Edited by JohnnyJammer, 23 June 2015 - 10:54 PM.
Posted 22 July 2015 - 10:49 PM
Posted 23 July 2015 - 12:25 PM
system state backup has nothing to do with a bare metal restore from an image.
system state is only good for example if you have a software install that goes bad you can use the system state to restore the server to preinstall.
Posted 23 July 2015 - 07:40 PM
Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:38 AM
Why not use Hyper-V and the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter? It supports Server 2008 R2 and there's no additional licensing, assuming you are running Server 2012 Standard or better (i.e. anything other than essentials) on your new server.
Edited by zcomputerwiz, 27 July 2015 - 08:41 AM.
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
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