Migrate Server 2003/2008/2012 to a New Hardware Easily and Q

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

When it comes to Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 (R2) migration to a new server with different hardware, AOMEI Backupper Server provides two ways. This article talks about the situations to migrate server and will guide you through the specific process.

Is there a need to migrate Server to a new hardware?

When viewing this question at first sight, you may ask why bother to do this? But if you think twice, you will catch the point. Yes, this is by no means out of boredom, this is for trouble-shooting.

Windows server is a brand name for a series of operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. It includes all Windows operating systems that have "Windows Server" in their names, i.e. Windows Server 2003(R2), Windows Server 2008 (R2), Windows Server 2012 (R2), Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003, 2008, 2011 plus Windows Home Servr (WHS) 2011. Windows servers are most powerful versions of their desktop operation system counterparts and are designed to more efficiently handle corporate networking, internet/intranet hosting, database, enterprise-scale messaging and similar functions. Once the computer fails to boot, you know how serious the loss is.

Still you will find it necessary to migrate a ready Server OS to a new hardware when you need to install numbers of new computers, as the new company establishing is often the case. It is for sure that you won’t find it interesting to install the Server OS along with indispensable applications one by one. Then migrate Server to a new hardware is another better choice.

Two ways to migrate Server to a new hardware

You may have your own mind when dealing with this thing, energy-efficient or laborious. But here we’d like to recommend you a powerful software called AOMEI Backupper Server, which is specially designed for small and medium sized enterprises. This popular tool can be applied into almost all platforms of Windows Server. In view of this matter, AOMEI Backupper offers two good methods: System Clone and Universal Restore.

Method 1: By System Clone

AOMEI Backupper supports three kinds of cloning methods: System Clone, Disk Clone and Partition Clone. Each method helps solve the corresponding problem. When it comes to migrate Server to a new hardware, Backupper will lead you to fulfill this task within a few clicks. Here are the specific steps:

  • Prepare a computer that contains a complete Server system and necessary applications including AOMEI Backupper Server. If not, FREE DOWNLOAD. These applications should be installed in the system partition.

  • Insert a new storage device (HDD or SSD) into this ready computer. Note SSD/HDD will be overwritten, so we suggest you to do a backup before.

  • Launch AOMEI Backupper Server, find System Clone under the Clone Column and click it.

  • Select the new SSD/HDD as the new location for system.

  • In the Operation Summary part, tick the option: Universal Clone.

  • Start the clone.

  • When the operation has been completed successfully, pull out the SSD/HDD. Insert it into another computer, boot it.

You will get a computer that contains the same Server system and necessary application. Now you have two ready computers for system cloning. Repeat these simple steps and you will get more and more.

Method 1: By Universal Restore

Universal Restore is another available way provided by AOMEI Backupper Server. It is based on System Backup. Just as its name implies, Universal Restore means to do a system backup and store the ghost image into NAS/Network/external hard drive/USB/CD/DVD at first. Then restore the Server system into another computer. Such a convenient way!

Written in the end

Besides backup and clone system, AOMEI Backupper has dozens of other practical functions, such as disk/partition backup, check image, create bootable media, etc. through thousands of users’ trying, AOMEI Backupper gained high evaluations. Its user-friendly feature and good performance is attracting more and more Server users to give a try.