I have been using an old Intel based Dell desktop as a Small Business server 2011 (SBS 2011 Standard x64) box for the last 6 months. Last week I purchased an older AMD Socket F server that will do just fine for this business (2x quad-core, 32GB ram, IPMI, SAS). I tried putting the existing SATA hard drive into the new box and it tried to boot but it would restart and then want to repair the installation. I only had a few hours to try this before the store opened at 8 so I had to put the drive back in the old machine.
What is the easiest way to migrate from the Intel box to the new AMD box? I have a lot of data already on the existing machine:
- Point of Sale databases
If possible I would like to just migrate the data with as little hassle as possible. I only had a 1.5 hour window to migrate this morning but on Tuesday evening I will have 10 hours. I have some extra drives that I keep as hot-spare replacements that I can use to create a new OS drive if I need to use the SBS migration utility.