2003SBS to 2008SBS Only One Box

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by david # solstech, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Hi

    I'm planning a Win2003SBS Std to Win2003SBS Std migration but I only have
    one box. The existing machine will be rebuilt to a higher spec before the
    2008 load. I have located a document "Migrate to Windows Small Business
    Server 2008 from Windows Small Business Server 2003" but this assumes that
    two boxes are available and can be connected on the same network. I won't
    have this luxury.

    Could someone point me at a resource which involves migrating from a backup,
    david # solstech, Jun 17, 2009
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  2. Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jun 17, 2009
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  3. David,

    Do you have a temporary box you can use? Take a look at a Swing Migration:

    Otherwise, I cross-posted to the SBS newsgroup for more specific responses
    for this product. Check back here for responses.


    This posting is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties or guarantees and
    confers no rights.

    Ace Fekay, MCSE 2003 & 2000, MCSA 2003 & 2000, MCSA Messaging, MCT
    Microsoft Certified Trainer

    For urgent issues, you may want to contact Microsoft PSS directly. Please
    check http://support.microsoft.com for regional support phone numbers.

    "Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right
    things." - Peter F. Drucker
    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Jun 17, 2009
  4. Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer]
    David, you need another server to do this with unless you plan to back up
    your user data folders, export up your Exchange mailboxes and public folders
    to PST files, and start over with a clean install. You cannot upgrade /
    install in place.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 17, 2009
  5. Thanks guys,

    I'll follow through in SBS General.

    david # solstech, Jun 17, 2009
  6. Hi

    I will have another very similar box by then. Similar 2xRAID, 2xNIC, 2XCPU
    etc but smaller.

    david # solstech, Jun 17, 2009
  7. You are welcome, and good luck!

    Ace Fekay [Microsoft Certified Trainer], Jun 18, 2009
  8. OK. You can do one swing migration to that box (see www.sbsmigration.com)
    and then wipe the original, upgrade the hardware, and migrate to SBS2008.

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 18, 2009
  9. Hi

    Thanks for that. I'll have a long read...

    david # solstech, Jun 23, 2009
  10. david # solstech

    AllenM Guest

    I just finished up my SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration using the same KB
    article.I even implemented ISA 2006 on a seperate machine of course. All
    went well although there were a few minor tweaks at the ned that need very
    little attention.
    If you are going to use that KB to do your migration here is a very
    important tip for you based on my experience. Clean up AD as much as
    possible. That means remove user accounts and groups no longer needed as
    well as any old computer accounts. Clean up exchange as much as possible and
    especially the users deleted items folder. Also make sure they clean their
    Inboxes as well as there Sent Mail boxes. If need be run eseutil if
    necessary to recover unused disk space but more importantly to bring over
    clean stores.
    Here's one last final tip and very very important. Both SBS boxes can remain
    on the network for 21 days. this is a good thing because you can bypass some
    steps and revisit them later to finish such as moving companyweb or moving
    data and shared folders. Do not do the final step "Finish SBS Migration"
    until you are finished with the old SBS 2003 box. this will dcpromo that SBS
    2003 box and the 21 day rule is no voided. Good luck.

    AllenM, Jul 23, 2009
  11. Hi Allen

    Many thanks for that.

    I'll save that for reference.

    david # solstech, Jul 24, 2009
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