Please consider that there is no such thing as a stupid question because this sounds like it qualifies as one .
If someone has ever managed to get something like this to work, I would appreciate just knowing it is possible. Or Not. But please, no need to tell me this is not a normal setup as I knew that when I first saw it. But I am told it has worked like it is since before I got here and I would like to keep it working for as long as I can.
Trying to convince them to do the right thing is not an option. They don't have the funds for a Dell PowerEdge Server. I only mention this because I know this is not the way it was meant to be, but this is a small 'Mom & Pop" setup. They only want to keep what they have working but I do not want to shop on Ebay for used components.
It is running a Server OS only because of a single SQL program that was custom written for them originally on Server 2000. The OS was upgraded once to 2008-R2 before the company that wrote the software was no longer around
The system has no other roles, does not use AD nor a Domain.
Lately the old system is producing too many hardware faults and I would like to migrate the whole setup to a more "modern" hardware configuration, but this "server" was originally built on what I would consider a normal Desktop computer with a dual core AMD processor, not a real 'Server' system. But it only has to run that one SQL program and no other server roles.
If it keeps doing the only task it has done reliably and is never used for anything else, that is all it has to do. If I could "move" this whole configuration onto a new Intel I7 with 32GB of RAM it would solve any hardware glitches and probably last longer than the need for it. They cannot afford to replace it with a "Real Server" need but I can get a new I-7 System for not much money. I can also clone the working setup on another drive but I have never done such with a Server OS and transitioning from an AMD based system to an Intel architecture may not be possible using a cloned installation.
Before I waste a lot of time trying to do the impossible and was wondering if anyone had ever done so successfully.