How to Move/Transfer Windows Server 2003 to New Machine?

Posted by @Catherine

March 11, 2015

There are many reasons why you need to move Windows Server 2003 to new machine with dissimilar hardware. When come to this situation, how to do? In this article, I’ll tell you a tool named AOMEI Backupper Server and teach you how to use it.

Why need to move and transfer Windows Server 2003 to new machine?

Many small and medium-sized enterprises run Windows Server 2003 on their machines. It is well known that since the released of Windows Server 2003, it has been more than ten years. That is to say, maybe the machines have been used for several years. They are really very old. It is time to replaced with new hardware. So people need to move Windows Server 2003 to new machine because they want to save the old settings and data. What’s more, the moving method rather than re-installing can save much time, labor and budget, etc.

How to move Windows Server 2003 to new machine?

Then question comes, how to move Windows Server 2003 to new hardware correctly? Is cloning work? No, things are not so easy. Directly cloning Windows Server 2003 system won’t boot normally on another machine. Because hardware are not the same. In fact, you can think seriously about it first, there are huge numbers of data in the Windows Server 2003 system partition, clone will spend much time. What’s worse, this way is impossible to boot successfully.

In this case, what do we do? Thanks to the development of changing technology, there are many software qualified for the task. AOMEI Backupper Server is one of them. AOMEI Backupper Server can complete this because of it supports universal clone. This amazing feature helps us a lot. It overcomes the limit of different machines.

Moving Windows Server 2003 to new machine with AOMEI Backuper Server

AOMEI Backupper, when you see its name, you can guess it is a backup software. Yes, it is. It is a professional Windows backup software. The server edition of AOMEI Backupper is designed to work on Windows Server operating systems, include Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (R2), Windows Server 2012 (R2). Of course, AOMEI Backupper Server Edition also supports Windows PC operating systems, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7/8/8.1/10. It is a backup software but also a clone software. Now about brief AOMEI Backupper Server introduction is over. Next I will tell you how to transfer Windows Server 2003 to new machine with dissimilar hardware.

When you want to move Windows Server 2003 to new machine, first you should use AOMEI Backupper Server to make a backup of system and create a bootable media on the old machine. And then, boot new machine from AOMEI Windows, AOMEI Backupper Server will automatically run on the new machine. Select "Restore" and click several Next buttons to go to the last step where you can find a option: "Universal Restore", which will be defaultly ticked if the target machine has dissimilar hardware, then click Start Restore to commit. Wait a while, the task - transfer Windows Server 2003 to another machine will be succeeded. Now you see, the secret is the option: Universal Restore.

More about AOMEI Backupper Server

Now with the latest version of AOMEI Backupper Server released, it added a new utility - AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. With it, you can boot multiple computers within LAN via network at the sane time. If you are a net administrator who manage numbers of computer want to move Windows Server 2003 to a machines, you can try AOMEI Backupper Server’s universal clone function and its built-in AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, things will be much easier.

AOMEI Backupper Server is an excellent software not only because above functions. It has other useful functions. Such as Encrypt Backup, Split Backup, Check Image, Merge Images and so on. For more information about AOMEI Backupper, please visit this link.