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koen
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weird question, or is it just that i didn't understand it correctly ?

Apart from the Scsi-to-IDE transition that Ghost supposedly won't handle well, what makes you think that any other program will be able to clone your old configuration while at the same time resolve all hardware differences ?
I don't get it ...

Why are you so anxious to avoid installing Windows ? Is it because the SBS is a domain controller and you don't know how to migrate the domain ? There's a number of scenarios to solve that and make it quasi automatical (I had a graduation project on something similar) .

I quick google gives [url]http://www.cs.inf.ethz.ch/CoPs/patagonia/dolly.html[/url], a Linux program to clone disks/partitons across a network. Is that what you needed ? I still don't see how that will make the cloned system adapt to the new hardware, unless you rely on Windows Plug and Play and maybe find a way to supply specific drivers to the new system when it boots and detects all this new hardware.
I think I'd prefer a clean install for a server unless you anticipate really serious trouble with that.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case: don't take it personal when i say "why don't you do this or that" - it's just the questions I would ask If 'd get an assignment like that.
I imagine they have an Active Directory integrated MS SQL Server, which can indeed be tricky ...
I think downtime can be reduced to a couple of hours if you develop scripts to do silent installs, copy files and permissions, export and import application-relevant registry keys etc -- but that requires you document the server in detail. Good practise and useful for the next migration(s) as well so maybe that should be your professional advise to your boss and his client, but probably the client won't be willing to pay for all the time this preparation takes (been there, ...)

On the other hand, a Linux-based sollution may be more interesting to you, and indeed a change for Linux to shine. Let me know if Dolly is any good Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, late again.
Good luck with your show case
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the future, you might want to look into the 'dd' command. I have used it for ages (15+ years) to copy partitions and single filesystems. You need to make sure that the sizes of the partitions and/or files systems are the same, plus you save time by copying entire tracks at once (set input and output block size to the track size). This should work even across different hardware (i.e. IDE to SCSI).
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you just take out hda or did you also move hdb to hda's IDE connection ?.
For windows to boot you need
- a valid MBR
- a C: partition with a boot.ini.
- a partition with the windows directory (not necessarily on C:\)

C: is the first primary partition on the first hdd on the first IDE controller
maybe look at how your hdb with the unbootable windows presents itself in the bios or during the POST.
(and post any interisting errors)

Also look in c:\boot.ini.
It describes 'how to boot windows' by refering to the windows partition in rather an unusual way, eg.
[code:1]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Server" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
[/code:1]

If the references to disks and partitions are no longer correct because eg your hdb has remained 'disk(1)' in stead of 'disk(0)', or something along those lines, it won't boot.

Other than that, it is probably a MBR / bootsector problem, and i've also experienced that the FIXMBR and FIXBOOT didn't seem to fix much.
I solved a similar case once by installing [b]Windows[/b] in a 2nd partition. That fixed the boot sector without touching the original system. After a reboot in the first system, I formattedd the 2nd partition and that was it.
Kind of a lenghty way to fix a few bytes, but it worked. I guess that's called a workaround Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late again.
It's becoming a habit
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been 5 or 6 years since i was actively playing around with hd's and (mulyi-)booting, i guess i'm a bit rusty. "That darn bootable flag", indeed. That was the other thing, apart from "first primary partition on the first hdd on the first IDE controller". It needs the "bootable" flag set - be marked "Active" in DOS/Windows speak.
Funny how Linux just don't give a d*** and just boots if you ask it too.

All's well that ends well, and it's bedtime on this side of the globe, so ...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the useful info;)
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