Server hardware migration
As well as our CC4 site, I am also responsible for supporting a small vanilla Windows network of 6 computers. Initially it was a workgroup network with no central storage or backup. I've then set up a Windows server as a domain controller which host home folders, DNS, DHCP, Printers, passes traffic on to the router etc. using one of our old servers.
However, this server is in desperate need of being replaced! (Hence my thread on HP servers.)
This is the first time I've done a project like this, I had some help from a technician at another school so spent quite a few hours getting everything setup, and then about a week on site (although some of this was half days.)
While I appreciate I could save some time by exporting and re-importing GPO's, I haven't got a week to spend there this summer as we will be rebuilding all our CC4 computers and various other jobs need doing.
When we went from CC3 to CC4 RM did a server hardware migration- they copied the 'image' from our old servers to our new servers (then they upgraded from Win 2k to Win 2k3 and then did the CC4 upgrade.) They had a very large external hard disk and it took them a day to transfer the data between 2 domain controllers. Therefore if I did this I could just copy everything to the new box and be up and running in a day.
Only problem is, I don't know what software they used. I asked someone at RM before and it was a symantec product- similar to Norton ghost but it also slipstreams in drivers for the new hardware. I remember vaugley looking into prices, and the higher end version of this software cost about the same as RM would charge to do such a migration. There was a lower end version for less but don't know how suitable it would be.
Does anyone know what software I'm talking about or how I'd go about performing such a migration?