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#1 mccarron

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 08:55 AM

We are a non-profit running one server the last 7 years as a file and database server. After some recent hardware problem it was decided to upgrade both hardware and software to the most recent editions. We presently run Windows server 2008 STD and SQL Sever 2008 Std and backup Exec. We are moving to OS 2012 and SQL 2016 and upgrading Backup Exec.

 

I am wondering what is the best and easiest way to move from one server to the other with a minimum of downtime for my users. Our Databases (accounting, mailing) are critical to our organization. I act as admin for everything as well as my other duties and installed and maintained everything on this server for the 7 years.  There is nothing on the new box at all now..



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#2 Wand3r3r

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 12:11 PM

Talk to Backup Exec technical support about doing a backup and bare metal restore to the new hardware.

 

"are critical to our organization"

Beg to disagree.  3-4 years is max for hardware.  You have all your eggs in one basket [server].  You can't consider data/operations critical if you are only as good as your last backup.  Consider coming up with a replacement plan/extra servers with management/CFO so you treat the operation as critical.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 10:30 AM

We are a non-profit running one server the last 7 years as a file and database server. After some recent hardware problem it was decided to upgrade both hardware and software to the most recent editions. We presently run Windows server 2008 STD and SQL Sever 2008 Std and backup Exec. We are moving to OS 2012 and SQL 2016 and upgrading Backup Exec.

 

I am wondering what is the best and easiest way to move from one server to the other with a minimum of downtime for my users. Our Databases (accounting, mailing) are critical to our organization. I act as admin for everything as well as my other duties and installed and maintained everything on this server for the 7 years.  There is nothing on the new box at all now..

 

I would consider p2ving the 2008 servers and running them as virtual machines on the new hardware. Then you can migrate everything over using the new hardware which will avoid hardware failures during migration issues. 

 

You can create the p2v images while the servers are running. When they are finished, you will start them in 2012r2 and no one will be the wiser. 



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 03:52 PM

Always had hardware available on site if the stuff hit the fan.  An backup server we used as a workstation.  We raid 1 hot swap drives in both machines.  We are purchasing 2 machines this time too.  I've thought about using backup exec to do a total  bare metal restore, but after all this time there is so much crap on this machine.  Remnamts of old software that a clean install seems the best path.  Just leery about moving roles like AD



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 03:57 PM

 

We are a non-profit running one server the last 7 years as a file and database server. After some recent hardware problem it was decided to upgrade both hardware and software to the most recent editions. We presently run Windows server 2008 STD and SQL Sever 2008 Std and backup Exec. We are moving to OS 2012 and SQL 2016 and upgrading Backup Exec.

 

I am wondering what is the best and easiest way to move from one server to the other with a minimum of downtime for my users. Our Databases (accounting, mailing) are critical to our organization. I act as admin for everything as well as my other duties and installed and maintained everything on this server for the 7 years.  There is nothing on the new box at all now..

 

I would consider p2ving the 2008 servers and running them as virtual machines on the new hardware. Then you can migrate everything over using the new hardware which will avoid hardware failures during migration issues. 

 

You can create the p2v images while the servers are running. When they are finished, you will start them in 2012r2 and no one will be the wiser. 

 

I'll have to do some reading up on the virual stuff before moving forward.  What kind of licensing do you need for that.  We only purchased a single std edition



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Posted 30 June 2016 - 06:52 PM

Use virtuals mate and if you have a NAS or an old server use it to replicate with Veeam / Backup. We only use BUEXEC for offsite TAPE's.

With a flick of a switch and telling vmware to run off the replicated host then you would be up and running with in minutes.

It might not be as fast as the good server but atleast this allows you to run while you purchase a new physical host.

 

Not many people use physicals for certain roles when virtuals are so much more flexible.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 11:53 PM

Server 2012 std is licensed for one physical and 2 virtual servers. You can have the Server 2008 AD/DS replicate with the 2012. IMO you should look at upgrading to a better backup software such as Veeam or ShadowProtect. Personally I had allot of issues with old versions of Backup exec. There are technet articles and blogs about migrating to 2012. I am in the process of migrating a SBS 2008 box now. I just finished the email migration to Office 365. The new 2012 server is next.

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:09 AM

Alright!






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