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Old February 25, 2013, 06:23 PM
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That server should have fan alarms if one fails or starts acting funny. if its cleaned out often and you notice all the fans are spinning you are probably fine. But if you want to make sure, there is usually a bios utility that does a system test and with the server there will be a specific fan controller test that should run the system like a jet for a minute or so.

Your RAID controller should also have a utility within windows, it should give you drive health. if not the RAID bios will give you a reading next time you reboot.
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Old February 25, 2013, 07:36 PM
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windows small business server 2003...SBS 2003. You have an all in one server [probably] handling domain, file server, email, SQL, Sharepoint, VPN, DHCP/DNS, webserver, etc, etc. Those are a LOT of different moving parts and I advise not touching it if its not broken.

What you should spend time doing however is making sure all your company's data is properly backed up and learning and documenting all the different pieces. Replacing a server is also incredibly expensive between hardware and proper licensing. Is your business ready to make such an investment? (Think at least! 10K between proper hardware/warranty/licensing and labour. Also think about possible downtime while doing a migration). IMO the headache of supporting a home built server is never worth it - go with something from a major vendor (Dell/HP/IBM). SBS was never meant to be a really redundant system either. A virtual backup is a step in the right direction but it doesn't protect your user data properly.

If you really want to do this properly, get a budget (10-15K) from your company and get a professional consulting firm to come in and take a look. If your company decides to pull the trigger, mandate that part of the deal to properly support it going forward is to get hands on training from the pros while doing the migration.

Good Luck!
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