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

Updated by Daisy on Feb 25, 2021
Written by Jean

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

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.

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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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Updated by Daisy

Daisy has been working as a technical writer for eight years. She specializes in making the complicated easy. She believes that technology should bring users satisfaction, not annoyance, so she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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