How to “ghost” your SBS system disk

A tip of the hat to Merv for this information!


A frequent question on the NG is: can I use Ghost to make copy of my SBS system drive, and if so, which version of Ghost should I use?


Merv’s answer is: You can use Ghost 2003 (or later).

1.  Install the Ghost 2003 software on a Win2K or WinXP workstation (not the server) and then make a set of Ghost Boot floppies using MSDOS as your operating system on the floppies (requires a MS DOS bootable disk or CD to copy the files from this to your Ghost Boot Floppies). 
2. If you don’t have a Win98 boot disk, try this site: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
3.  Reboot the server and make sure there are no errors in the Event Logs and that all services are started and running properly.
4.  Shut down the server.
5.  Install the new drive in the server as SCSI 1 (set jumpers on drive if necessary) and use Disk Management to format it (or Disk Administrator, depending on your operating system)  —  do a Full format (not a Quick format) as NTFS.
6.  Shut down the server
7.  If the original and the new drives are vitually the same size, remove the new drive as it can be confusing determining which disk you need to image when using the Ghost DOS interface
8.  Boot the server from the Ghost Boot Floppies and image the original drive to an external USB drive or a spare IDE drive in the server.  *
9.  Shut down the server
10.  Remove the original drive and install the new drive as SCSI 0 (set jumpers on drive if necessary)
11.  Boot the server from the Ghost Boot Floppies and then restore the image o the new disk.
12.  Reboot and “exercise” the new drive to make sure that everything works a it should and there are no errors in the event logs.

*  I find it better to use the “Partition to Image” method to create the image (selecting all partitions on the original disk) and then use the “Disk from Image” method to restore the image to the new drive.  This will allow you to resize the partitions on your new drive during the restore process,
if that’s desirable.

This process keeps your original drive intact in case there’s any problem with the image restore.

Merv  Porter  [SBS MVP]

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