I'm currently working on a migration plan to migrate our SQL Server to some new hardware.
The current installation is SQL Server 2005 standard: it used to be clustered but the node got removed at some point, but still is configured as a clustered. The new server will be a SQL Server 2008 standard machine, non-clustered.
I'm wondering whether or not I should transfer the master database from the old machine to the new one? I mean, while the databases it hosts are going to be the same, the configuration is going to be different (different versions and not clustered).
In addition of transferring the user databases, my approach was to script all the logins, users, jobs, etc and restore them on the new machine, but I'm afraid of forgetting something? On the other hand, I'm anxious of compatibilities issues by transferring the master database due to the different version (SQL 2005 vs 2008 and clustered vs non-clustered).
Please could someone provide me with some clarification on the caveats of each option vs the other?