Ok, very different. What you're probably looking at is a Swing
), with a "swing" from box to same box.
This allows you to retain your full AD info, user accounts, computer
accounts etc., but also get a clean install of the OS.
There's risks involved, as you have to coy everything toa temporary
system and then wipe the original box, but the Swing Migration
methodology is very good.
The alternative is to exmerge all your exchange data to PST files, and
copy the Company Shared Folders and Users Shared Folders to another
drive, format, reinstall, then recreate user accounts and copy the
data back. However you'll also have to visit every computer and detach
them from the old domain and join them to the new domain (doing this
way, you'll need to have a new domain).
Swing sounds like the best approach.
Is that box itself of a reasonable quality/capacity? Or would this be
the right opportunity to consider replacing the hardware. If you're
going to have to "swing" then you're better doing it to new hardware
for many reasons.
On Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:25:39 -0000, "John" <info@newsgroup>
>Many thanks. The situation is that server is really horrible. It was
>installed in a single card configuration with no firewall by the last
>company. When I took over a few weeks ago the server had several spy ware
>among other issues. I think ideally I would like not to take any system
>configuration from existing server if possible and would like to manually
>recreate users/computers etc after fresh sbs install. I would just need the
>exchange and user data to come along. How would the process change in that
>Many thinks once again.
>"John" <info@newsgroup> wrote in message
>> We need to completely wipe off and reinstall our sbs 2003 standard dell
>> server. We have the server backed up daily via ntbackup.I have a few
>> 1.If I install sbs using Dell OpenManage will it automatically take care
>> of all drivers disk, NIC etc.?
>> 2. Would it suffice in terms of basic server installation to install win
>> 2003 part of sbs and then restore from an ntbackup created backup the data
>> and system configuration; users etc.?
>> 3. Is there an easy way to move across user profiles on each pc to the new
>> server installation?