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    Cloning a system disk

    We've got a dicky system disk in one of our servers (2003 DC with Exchange) and IBM have sent a replacement. Any good ideas on how to clone off the old disk onto the new? On other servers - I've used Ghost 8 and its worked fine - but this one comes up with Directory Services error at boot up when I've cloned and wants to reboot in DSRM mode - alas we don't seem to have the password to login to DSRM mode. I've used ntdsutil to reset the password - but it didn't seem to make a difference.

    Anybody got any better ways of doing this - we've spent a lot of long evenings and a considerable bit of half term trying to do this.

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    Acronis server version should really do the trick as it will replicate all disk setups i.e. all raid system setups. let me know how u get on if you decide to go down this root OK.


    Read this link: http://www.howtofixcomputers.com/bb/ftopic105768.html
    This is the Place: http://www.acronis.com/

    Plus this might help with the dsrm problem: http://www.zdnetasia.com/techguide/w...9359882,00.htm

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    G4U will create a perfect bit for bit image and is excellent for cloning and is free.
    G4U can also be used to replicate disks to remote ftp servers (no compression IIRC).

    http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    Don't you have a second DC? A nice clean install and promotion often works better than replicating all of your problems back again.

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    not sure how relevant this is since the server obviously uses RAID ( 5 ) Im assuming.

    But terabyteunlimited do some good tools

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/

    Let me know what you think

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    I'd go with Dos_Box on this one. If you can't then Acronis- and today I saw Symantec Livestate...might be worth looking it at for future reference.

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    Re: Cloning a system disk

    Quote Originally Posted by gecko
    not sure how relevant this is since the server obviously uses RAID ( 5 ) Im assuming.

    But terabyteunlimited do some good tools

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/

    Let me know what you think
    Alas - no it doesn't use RAID5

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