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Moving physical server to virtual - Do I have to re-create all my services?

Question asked by amybrassieur on Mar 9, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 14, 2017 by JQuinn-esristaff

Currently have Desktop and Server 10.3.1, Image Extension, SQL Server 2008 R2.   File geodatabases, Server, Image Extension and SQL currently on single physical server, WebAdaptor on a virtual. 


There is a new virtual server with my name on it, ready to receive my Server setup. The IT engineers didn't image it because they wanted a clean virtual server, no physical server bloatware.


Is there a way to replicate Server so I don't have to re-create all my services?  Or do I have to go back to the map documents once I install Server and Image Extension and re-create all my services like I did in the 9x to 10.0 upgrade?


Side note: Should I also upgrade Server? I can't upgrade Desktop yet due to 3rd party tools.  If I should upgrade Server, should it be 10.4.1 or 10.5?