Windows Server Migration Tools: How to Migrate Operating System to A New Server

Jean updated on Apr 20, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Nowadays, hard drives are getting lighter, smaller yet the capacity bigger. Meanwhile, functions are more versatile but selling cheaper. It's no longer a dream for small companies to invest in a new server in a minute. Isn't it a great idea to find the best Windows server migration tool to transfer well-adjusted, stable and smoothly running OS with all applications to a new server?

Other top reasons you may want to migrate Windows server 

  • The OS performance and speed on old machines is decreasing, and you wish to upgrade the old machine.
  • Your server crashes a lot and cannot boot normally at times. You plan to move the OS and data to a new server, to avoid the frequent downtime.
  • Many more scenarios in which you have no choice but to switch to a new machine, such as software failure, hardware failure, user error, natural disaster...
Windows Server built-in tool
Third Party Windows Server migration tool

Windows Server 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 operations:

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

Third Party Windows Server migration tool

You see, the Windows server disk image software is good at backing up the old Server operating system to an image file. And then, through the software, you can restore the backup image to a new computer with different hardware, and everything is maintained as it was: same machine ID, same domain name, same configuration, etc.

EaseUS Todo Backup provides a 'System Transfer' function to enable Windows Server migration 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 restore os to dissimilar hardware.

Step 1. Create an EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

  • Run EaseUS Todo Backup, and click Tools, under which click "Create Emergency Disk".

create emergency disk

  • Between "Create WinPE emergency disk" and "Create Linux emergency disk", choose the former. Select a USB flash drive to create the rescue media.

choose to create winpe emergency disk

  • Click Proceed.

Tip: If you prefer a bootable CD/DVD, you need to burn the ISO image to CD/DVD with assistive tools like Nero.

Step 2. Create a Server system backup

  • Run EaseUS Todo Backup, and click the +NEW TASK.
  • Select the backup task of Disk/Volume, and then select System backup.

choose backup system to create a system backup

  • Choose the bootable USB drive to store the system backup image. Other locations are workable as long as the new server can detect and access.
  • Click Proceed.

Step 3. Start to transfer system to the new server

  • Run EaseUS Todo Backup from the bootable USB drive on the new server. Click System Transfer.

click system transfer

  • Select the system backup image on the USB drive. Click Next.

choose the backup image

  • Select the recovery location on the new server disk. Click Proceed.

choose the 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.