Moving W2K server to new hardware


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Bo Berglund

I have a W2000 Server, which lives on very old hardware (300 MHz PII).
I have now gotten a slightly better Dell PC with 800 MHz and I want to
scrap the old server and instead use the Dell as the server.
I figured I could do one of these things:
1) Move the hard disk from the old server to the new hardware and then
start up.
or
2) Make a Ghost image of the existing server disk, then write this on
the Dell PC hard disk and start up.

Will W2000 be able to cope with the changed hardware environment this
way?
Is there some preparation I can do before I actually do the transfer?

I have recently struggled through creating a new XP workstation
because the old one bluescreened on me. I figured I could ghost over
the disk to the newly built hardware, but I was totally unsuccessful
so I had to do a fresh install.
A pain and something I want to avoid for the server migration...
No preparations possible of course because of the bluescreens.

Any suggestions welcome!



Bo Berglund
bo.berglund(at)nospam.telia.com
 
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Bruce Chambers

Bo said:
I have a W2000 Server, which lives on very old hardware (300 MHz PII).
I have now gotten a slightly better Dell PC with 800 MHz and I want to
scrap the old server and instead use the Dell as the server.
I figured I could do one of these things:
1) Move the hard disk from the old server to the new hardware and then
start up.
or
2) Make a Ghost image of the existing server disk, then write this on
the Dell PC hard disk and start up.

Will W2000 be able to cope with the changed hardware environment this
way?
Is there some preparation I can do before I actually do the transfer?

I have recently struggled through creating a new XP workstation
because the old one bluescreened on me. I figured I could ghost over
the disk to the newly built hardware, but I was totally unsuccessful
so I had to do a fresh install.
A pain and something I want to avoid for the server migration...
No preparations possible of course because of the bluescreens.

Any suggestions welcome!



Bo Berglund
bo.berglund(at)nospam.telia.com

Normally, and assuming a retail license (many OEM installations and
licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - check yours before
starting), unless the new motherboard is virtually identical to the old
one (same chipset, IDE/SCSI controllers, etc), you'll most likely need
to perform a repair (a.k.a. in-place upgrade) installation, at the very
least (and don't forget to reinstall any service packs and subsequent
hot fixes):

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q292175

What an In-Place Win2K Upgrade Changes and What It Doesn't
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q306952

If that fails:

How to Move a Windows 2000 Installation to Different Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q249694&ID=KB;EN-US;Q249694



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