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Server Migration - New Box, New OS

Pete Brown - 09 July 2007

Now that I have completed the Silverlight project, I had a few moments to tie up some loose ends on my own computers at home. 

I migrated my sites over to a new machine tonight. The new box is a dual 2.4ghz xeon IBM xSeries 345 server with 2.5gb RAM and four 15,000 SCSI drives, running Windows Server 2008 (longhorn) Beta 1. The old box was a 1.0ghz P3 with 768mb RAM running Server 2003. So, as you can imagine, this was a long overdue upgrade.

A couple weeks back I moved my database server off of that same tired 1.0ghz P3 (yes, for years it ran the site and SQL Server!) over to a second IBM x345 with dual 2.4ghz xeons, 4gb RAM, and 6 15,000 RPM SCSI drives.

I recompiled my main site to .NET 2.0 using Orcas. That went very smoothly with the exception of my DeepLinkingHandler. I temporarily removed that until I sort out how to run that in Server 2008 Integrated Pipeline mode.

I didn't just bring it over in 1.1 as I didn't want to pollute the server with an ancient version of .NET. Most of these changes are temporary anyway. While I haven't yet decided what I will do with my blog (WSS blogging is pretty bare), I plan to migrate my main site to WSS 3 as soon as I get a chance.

posted by Pete Brown on Monday, July 9, 2007
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3 comments for “Server Migration - New Box, New OS”

  1. CHS76ersays:
    I was wondering if you had an issues with getting Longhorn Beta 1 installed on the x345. I have been trying to install Longhorn Beta 3 on an x345 without success. I am using an external DVD ROM drive and can not boot directly from the DVD. Whenever I place the DVD in the drive and allow it to autorun I get the following message: "your computer can not run this version of the operating system". If I try browsing the DVD and running setup I get the following message: "The image file e:\setup.exe is valid, but is for a machine type other than the current".
  2. Pete Brownsays:
    I was.

    The DVD RW drive I had installed in there originally (it was not factory) would not read the DVD, so I swapped it with the DVD ROM drive from another x345 (also not factory) and I was able to boot from the DVD just fine.

    I didn't get the messages you mentioned; it simply wouldn't recognize the drive the first time around.

    My x345 is a 32 bit machine, an older dual 2.4ghz P4 Xeon. Is yours a 64bit machine? If so, that would possibly explain the messages.

  3. CHS76ersays:
    Same machine as you have, 32-bit dual 2.4ghz P4 Xeon.

    I am not sure what the trouble may be then. As I stated before, I am using an external DVD drive which is not being recognized as a boot device. However, I can boot up into an OS such as server 2003 and then access the drive and browse the DVD fine. I just get the messages I mentioned earlier when allowing it to autorun or kick off setup.

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