Best way to migrate SIMPLE W2003 to SIMPLE W2008

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by ThomasAJ, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. ThomasAJ

    ThomasAJ Guest

    I have little systems experience.

    I have a W2003 server (no Domain Controller nor Active D). It serves a small
    office with 5 users using TS to access an app on the server.

    Assume I have installed W2008 on another box with 'basic options'.
    I know I know - "what's basic?" - I just want to get a rough feel for what
    is possibel in migration.

    What can I migrate?
    User profiles
    Folders
    Installed software such as MS Office and other installed software?
    TS setup
    Desktop

    Is the above too much to ask? Is there more?
    Can I migrate the *LOT*?
     
    ThomasAJ, Jul 25, 2008
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  2. Dear Customer,

    Thank you for posting in newsgroup.

    According to the description, you want to know what can be migrated from a
    Windows Server 2003 based stand-alone box to a Window Server 2008 based
    stand-alone box. If I have any misunderstanding, please feel free to let me
    know.

    Based on the experience, here is some information for your reference.

    Analysis and Suggestions:
    ==========================

    If we establish a new box installed with Windows Server 2008 and make it as
    a stand-alone server, we cannot migrate the "User profiles” "Desktop" and
    “TS setup” from the old Windows Server 2003 based stand-alone box. The
    reason is that the security identifiers of the users and groups on the two
    different operation system are totally different. If we simply copy the
    "user profile" and the "Folders" from the old box to the new box, the NTFS
    security settings of them will lose. In this case, the user profile and
    Folders cannot serve the clients normally.

    To resolve the potential problem of SID, I would like to suggest that you
    promote the old Windows Server 2003 system to be domain controller first,
    and then you may extend the forest schema and domain schema, afterwards you
    can promote the new Windows Server 2008 box to be an additional domain
    controller of the current domain.

    Since there are only 5 users on the old box, I recommend that you migrate
    "User profile" which includes "Desktop" settings by configuring roaming
    profile on the domain controller to save the "User profile” on the new
    Windows Server 2008 box.

    For more detailed information, please refer to:

    Configuring Roaming User Profiles
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/b41402c2-c982-4bfb-89
    1e-91b47f211e181033.mspx?mfr=true

    And we can also migrate the "Folders" from the Windows Server 2003 DC to
    the Windows Server 2008 DC by using File Server Migration Toolkit.

    For your convenience, I have list the general steps to migrate files and
    folders with File Server Migration Toolkit.

    Steps:

    1. You may install File Server Migration Tool on the new file server.
    2. Launch the File Server Migration Wizard.
    3. Create a new migration project and save it in "C:\FileServerMigration"
    4. When you add source file server, please input hostname (inputting IP
    address of server is not supported)
    5. Please unselect the checkbox of "Resolve invalid Security descriptors"
    and select the checkbox of "Copy security settings"
    6. You may find that all the files and folders with Share and Security
    permission have been replicated to the target server.
    7. Since the Security descriptors (users and groups) are stored in Active
    Directory Database, all the folders and files can be accessible as normally.
    8. Please remove old file server and rename new file server to the old
    server name.
    9. Please note: you may perform the migration in the spare time since this
    migration can be transplant to the clients.

    For more information, please refer to:

    File Server Migration Toolkit Whitepaper
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/6/3/963f5b22-6304-4f15-a2af-35e0b81
    046af/FSMT%20Whitepaper.doc

    You may download the FSMT from the following link

    Download: Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d00e3eae-930a-42b0-
    b595-66f462f5d87b&DisplayLang=en

    We can also migrate the Terminal Service setting from the old Windows
    Server 2003 box to the Windows Server 2008 box.

    For your convenience, I have list the general steps to migrate Terminal
    Service.

    1. Install and then activate Terminal Server Licensing on the new Windows
    Server 2008 license server.

    For step-by-step instructions, please refer to:

    Install Terminal Server Licensing
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62988

    Activate a Terminal Server License Server
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62991

    2. Install the same number and type of TS CALs on the new license server
    that you had on the Windows 2008 license server. To do this, please call
    the Microsoft Clearinghouse. When you call the Clearinghouse, make sure
    that you have your License Purchase Agreement information (documentation of
    your purchased TS CALs) readily available to facilitate the re-issuance of
    the CALs.

    For step-by-step instructions on how to locate the correct telephone number
    for the Clearinghouse, please see Locate the Microsoft Clearinghouse
    telephone number for your country or region
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62994

    3. Make sure that your terminal server can discover the new license server.

    For step-by-step instructions, please refer to:

    The terminal server cannot locate the license server
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62995
    (you may refer to "verify whether the terminal server can discover the
    license server")

    Please note:

    Clients that received CALs from the previous license server will continue
    to operate as normal until their CALs expire. When the previously issued
    CALs expire, new licenses will be requested for these clients from the new
    license server.

    For information about license issuance and expiration, please refer to:
    Recovering client access licenses on a Terminal Server license server
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62996

    Please note:

    To be discoverable in a domain, a license server must be a domain
    controller. If you did not install Terminal Server Licensing on a domain
    controller, then, on the terminal servers, configure the new license server
    as a preferred license server, so that it can be discovered in the domain.

    For step-by-step instructions, please refer to:
    "Set a preferred license server" in The terminal server cannot locate the
    license server
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62995

    For detailed information about the license server discovery process, see
    “Licensing Service Discovery” in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server
    Licensing (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=26220).

    4. Deactivate the previous license server.
    For step-by-step instructions, please see Deactivate a Terminal Server
    license server
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62998

    Hope all the information can help.

    David Shen
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
     
    David Shen [MSFT], Jul 25, 2008
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  3. ThomasAJ

    ThomasAJ Guest

    WOW!!! that's a brilliantly detailed explanation - I wish I could understand
    it.

    I'll save it for later, thanks.
     
    ThomasAJ, Jul 26, 2008
    #3
  4. Hi Tom,

    Hope all the information can do you the favor. If you have any question,
    please feel free to let me know.

    Thanks.

    David Shen
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
     
    David Shen [MSFT], Jul 28, 2008
    #4
  5. Dear customer,

    How's everything going?

    I'm wondering if the suggestion has helped or if you have any further
    questions. Please feel free to respond to the newsgroups if I can assist
    further.

    David Shen
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
     
    David Shen [MSFT], Jul 30, 2008
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