I have read all load of documentation on how to do a hardware upgrade. I am looking to reduce the time it takes to do this upgrade. Just wondering how some of you feel about this process.

Currently server and new server physically located in same location with different IPs. The new server will be a VM running on VM Ware ESXi machine. Does it make sense to add the new server to the production tree, turn the old server off and then change the name to the new? I am only running file services. I have over 500gb of data to transfer which I would do the week before the name change with a full restore and the incremental restores.

I would add all the other products after the name change, ie NRM,Imanager.