We have moved to our new Kace servers and I want to reuse the old ones as Microsoft servers. Is there anything I need to do to these servers before I install the new OS on them?

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  • I would update the bios to the newest. should just be a reformat of the drives
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If the plan is to simply wipe the OS, and you're quite confident in the newly migrates servers, you can of course re-use the hardware. Your licenses are in use on your new machines, so decommissioning them sooner rather than later is a good plan to make sure you are following EULA's and whatnot.

If it's Dell hardware you should be pretty safe to grab your nearest Server 2008 R2 or above DVD and start the install; if it's non-Dell (older silver appliances) you might want to make sure you have drivers and such handy for the important bits like Network, and HDD/RAID controllers.

Aside from those considerations, I might do some other less important things like blow out the dust, reseat connectors, that sort of thing. Not too much to reimaging the servers though. 

Answered 11/13/2013 by: cblake
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  • You might also check the BIOS/UEFI settings. Since the K1000 didn't use all of the resources available on the Dell servers (NICs for example), it's possible that they are disabled in the hardware configuration.
  • BuckIT,

    Ooh, ooh, and use your K2000 to reimage it! ;) r2

    Ron Colson
    KACE Koach
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