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OK, I've decided to build a new server..

by wahnula / June 27, 2005 2:51 PM PDT

...to replace the NT 4.0 dinosaur that Sensei Proffit has helped me keep alive. SPECS: Pentium Pro200(two of them) 512K EDO RAM, Running Windows NT, Microsoft Backoffice Server and Microsoft Exchange to provide a smooth running, reliable machine that works 24/7 on our small, 8-workstation network.

We get around the 5-user thing with Exchange 'cause not all 8 folks are in the office at the same time.

I want to upgrade the machine, that part I can handle. I'll use Win2K,(maybe XP but I don't see alot of difference) a Pentium D or HT 3.0 GHZ, Intel Mobo, 2 SATA 36GB raptors striped and at least 2GB of RAM. Backup will be Veritas BE 9.1 daily to tape, Sony SCSI 11000.

So, how do I ''move in'' to the new machine? Should I use the NT SCOPY feature then upgrade the OS, or should I start from scratch and install Win2000, Microsoft Backoffice and Microsft exchange then just drag and drop the appropriate folders? What would you do? Thanks!


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D.O.A. ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 10:24 PM PDT

XP and Windows 2000 Pro will not host your server applications and the install should fail.

Microsoft's Server OS map looks like this:
NT (various) Server -> 2000 (various) Server -> 2003 (varous) Server.

If you need more storage, split that onto a new machine and leave the Dual Pro with what doesn't move.


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OK, how about keeping NT 4.0
by wahnula / June 28, 2005 1:41 AM PDT
In reply to: D.O.A. ?

...on the new machine, reinstalling all apps and then doing SCOPY or recovery from backup tape? I think it's time to make plans toward decommissioning the old PPro girl.


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OK, how about keeping NT 4.0
by jcrobso / June 28, 2005 2:52 AM PDT

Well make sure that there are NT drivers for the new MB and video card and any new hardware.
W2K server or W2003 server would be better. but it's $$$$$.
If your makeing a new server PC this would be the time to do the change over. Bring the new one online with the NT server and do a change over then take the NT offline. John

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Yes, and if I upgrade to 2000-2003 Server...
by wahnula / June 28, 2005 5:42 AM PDT

...then I will need to buy a newer Exchange Server than my present 5.5. Funny how Microsoft makes you buy the whole suit, not just the pants or jacket...

I will be sure the MB supports NT, I hope I can find one w/ SATA. I'll be back when it's built, you can count on that! Thanks all...


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