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How to Migrate Operating System to A New Server?

Updated on Jun 08, 2018 by Jean to Backup Utility

In this article, you'll find reliable methods to transfer or migrate Server system to a new Server without reinstalling anything. This article will introduce the most efficient way to migrate OS to a new Server.

Can I migrate Server operating system to a new Machine? How?

"I'm currently running Windows Server 2003 on an aging machine, and I want to replace the Server without reinstalling OS and any applications.
What's the easiest way to migrate Server operating system to the new machine without losing anything?"

With hard disks getting bigger in capacity with more advanced functions and selling cheaper, users can now afford to upgrade the hard disk to a bigger one and buy new computer easily.

Why do you need to migrate Windows Server to new hardware?

Here are some top reasons of why do you need to change and migrate Windows Server OS to a new Server hardware:

  • Software failure
  • Hardware failure
  • Computer theft
  • Natural disaster
  • User error
  • Other data transfer issues
  • When are you accustomed to using the original Server system which also stores many useful applications, how to keep them on a new Server?
  • When you buy a lot of computer for business, how to deploy the same Server operating system on them?

In these cases, you may need to migrate OS to a new Server. Instead of installing system and application again, directly migrate server to a new hardware is the best way to save time, money and resource. Here the following, we'll recommend you two major methods to migrate OS to a new Server: migrate Server to a new hardware without reinstallation with two reliable methods:

Notice: If you are familiar with Windows Server OS administration job, you can follow Method 1 with guidelines to do the Windows Server migration job.
If you prefer an easier way, best Windows Server backup software will help you out with Method 2 guidelines.

Method 1. Migrate Server OS to a new one with system built-in tool

Take Windows Small Business Server 2003 for example, migrating from an existing computer running Windows SBS 2003 to new hardware includes the following steps:

  • 1. Evaluate the current status of the source server. Install Windows SBS 2003 and join the domain.
  • 2. Transfer Exchange Server 2003 settings and folders.
    Migrate shared folders and data folders.
  • 3. Install and configure the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). And then configure Windows SBS 2003 settings.
  • 4. Migrate Internet Information Services (IIS) Web sites.
    Install and migrate Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
  • 5. Migrate Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server settings.
  • 6. Migrate Microsoft SQL Server databases.
  • 7. Remove the source server from the network.

Method 2. Migrate Server OS to a new one with Server backup software

EaseUS Server disk image software can back up the old Server operating system to an image file and restore the image to the new computer or any different hardware with everything is maintained as it was: same machine ID, same domain name, same configuration, etc.

EaseUS Todo Backup Server Edition provides System Transfer function to migrate Server OS to a new one. It supports Windows Server and PCs. Backup old Server OS to image first, and follow the steps and find out how to migrate os to dissimilar hardware now:

Do remember to connect the new Server hard drive disk with PC firstly.

1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup Server and first do a System Backup to a safe location.
Then click Proceed.

2. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup Server and select System Transfer.

Migrate Server OS to a new Server

Select source - the system backup file.

Select recovery source

3. Select recovery location (the new Server disk). And click Proceed.

Select recovery location

After all these steps, the Server OS will be transferred or migrated to new disk successfully. And then can remove the old disk and boot Server from the new disk now.