If you haven't read my posts before, I'll introduce myself: I'm a botanist by training but I got roped into managing our database, so I can figure some stuff out on my own, but I need help for more complicated tasks. I've been tasked (because no one is going to do it for us) with migrating our database from one server to the other. I'm posting this forum topic because I was hoping for advice and guidance in making sure this happens more or less smoothly.
Our current databases use Access as a front-end product for data entry/analysis but we store the data on SQL Server tables (because we have a multi-user environment and we allow users to query our data from the web). We two servers (tulip and panda) for our work. Tulip is the server running SQL Server (version 2000) and where we keep the SQL Server tables. Panda is where we keep the Access databases.
We have the opportunity to migrate our databases to a new server (running up to date software) and I have some questions, as I assume that moving the databases is more involved than just cutting and pasting.
Is there anything I need to watch our for when making the migration?
Is there any need (I can't think of any from my end) to keep the Access and SQL Databases on separate servers?
As far as I know our current server is not part of a domain (sorry if I butcher terminology) but it will be on the new server. Will that cause problems?
Any other guidance/advice you could offer would be great. I intend to back up the current databases and run lots of tests before committing to the migration and I also intend to read up on my own as much as possible so that I'm well-informed.