It's been a while since I visited this newsgroup. Last time was when I was
upgrading SBS 4 to SBS 4.5 many years ago, where I used the fool-proof
strategies generously supplied by Jeff Middleton (who I affectionately refer
to as Yoda, SBS Jedi Master) to make sure I didn't go anywhere I didn't want
to be. I know see that Jeff's guidance has spawned a new league of SBS
Jedi's to assist us IT amateurs. I hope you can help me!
Thanks to Upgrade Advantage and the July 31 deadline, i'm ready to make the
transition to SBS 2000.
Something that has always concerned me is that I have never attempted a full
system restore with our Backup Exec software. I guess the lack of identical
server hardware to play on, and the fear of it actually not working properly
if attempted on the live server has kept this task at the bottom of my list.
Are there any documented procedures floating around for ensuring I have
something to quickly fall back on if I encounter problems with the upgrade?
Or better still, easy ways to test a tape restore without overwriting your
known working drives?
SBS is currently running on a Dell Poweredge 2400 with 4 x 18GB drives in
raid 5. 25 Cals and about 22 users.
I was thinking of is just buying a 40 or 60GB IDE drive (Or a mirrored
pair), partitioning it the same as the raid array, restoring the latest
backup to those partitions on the IDE drive, then just yanking the SCSI
drives, change the NT boot.ini file on the IDE drive to get SBS to boot off
the IDE drive and make certain the system works normally.
The next step would be to reconnect and run the upgrade on the raid array,
and if I encounter problems that I can't fix in the same weekend, copy the
IDE drive back to the raid array and try again the next weekend. Sounds like
So, is this procedure documented/recommended? Or are there similar
alternates that provide me with a quick way to turn back time should I
encounter major problems with the upgrade?
Thanks in advance