Help migrating from one SBS 2003 server to new SBS 2003 Server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Greg Mohr, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Greg Mohr

    Greg Mohr Guest

    I have a situation where I need to migrate from an old server running SBS
    2003 to a new server running SBS 2003. Can anyone direct me to where I can
    find out how to best migrate settings and accounts to the new server from
    the old one. Exchange was not set up on the old server and is not an issue.


    Greg Mohr, Oct 21, 2004
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  2. Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Oct 21, 2004
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  3. Greg Mohr

    Greg Mohr Guest

    Frank, I have an entirely new server with all new hardware as a RAID 1
    configuration. The old server is a 10 Gb HD, while the new server is 160.
    This proceedure will not work in this situation as I cannot move from one
    server to the next in the fashion described.

    Greg Mohr, Oct 22, 2004
  4. Hi Greg

    The Link is an example and a guide. If it does not fit your needs and the
    procedures can't be modified there are other methods. One is Swing Migration another is to do a total backup using the SBS backup
    Wizard, Install the OS on the new server from CD1 and resore the Backup and
    then Install Exchange. If these procedures are unfamiliar to you then you
    might consider bringing in a SBS consultant.
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Oct 22, 2004
  5. Hi Greg,

    though the procedure is missing info that the adorable M didn't seem to
    need it is pertinent to your scenario.

    A 10GB drive sounds like it is likely IDE, correct?
    I'm not gonna guess about the 160GB.

    IME windows is fairly forgiving of most hardware changes but getting the
    system to boot (into DSRM in our scenario) relies upon access to the HDD

    SO, I have two motherboards with different drive subsystems, I'm stuffed,
    right? WRONG. Grab a drive and controller card that will work in both
    systems, this is only for temporary use in the migration. Throw the
    controller into your old system, load drivers for it, let the system settle,
    attach the temp drive, software mirror your existing setup to it. Remove
    your original drive (which can now sit on the shelf as fallback point) and
    ensure you can boot the system normally off the temp drive.

    OK, we now move the temp drive to the new box. IMPORTANT: DO NOT attempt to
    boot normally, all reboots should result in you being in DSRM until the
    hardware is fully recognised by Prug n Pray.

    OK, so we've tried, and SG, mate, it don't work. Well yeah, been here to. In
    one case it was necessary to do a 'repair install' of SBS.

    If your only objection concerning the drives is the difference in size:
    It aint a problem. Mirror your existing drive to the new (bigger) and then
    create an additional partition to use the rest of the space. Your system
    shouldn't be running everything in one partition anyway. Also, there are
    many tools which will allow you to resize partitions.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 22, 2004
  6. Hi Greg,

    I may be able to help you with this. is my site that
    describes Swing Migration. Swing Migration is not necessarily the ideal
    answer in your case, though it's an option that does work for even this

    The link that Frank pointed you at is a valid concept, though Mariette's
    explanation may not reveal the variety of ways that can be used as the core
    steps to accomplish what you want. I'm assuming that you are seeing some
    aspect of that process you can't get done?

    My guess is that the configuration is a problem that you could solves with a
    portable PCI card to install drivers, then transfer a drive image over to
    the other computer to boot from that controller, and then image onto the
    production volumes on the target server.

    Let me know if you want more information on this. I suggest that since this
    thread is already going here, feel free to post your questions on either
    manner of upgrade here in the NG.

    - Jeff
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Oct 22, 2004
  7. Greg Mohr

    Dave Smith Guest

    How do I do a 'repair install' of SBS2003? I've been looking to do this for
    a few weeks, and can't find a repair option.
    Dave Smith, Oct 25, 2004
  8. In simple terms, assuming you have a damaged, or unbootable SBS, you can try
    doing the boot from system CD1 and choose repair to fix the system and boot
    files. That's probably not going to solve this topic.

    Therefore, the next step in doing a repair install, aka an in-place upgrade
    repair, is that you boot from CD and when you get to the repair option
    mentioned above, you answer No, install a new copy.

    On one of the next screens the follows, you are given the option to specify
    the volume/partition you want to install to and you tell it the existing
    partition. At that point, it identifies there's an existing OS installation,
    do you want to try to repair it?

    At this point you answer yes, and it will do the same installation sequence
    as a new install, but it recovers the OS configuration. You can do this test
    with an XP box, you don't have to do an SBS. You can simulate the very same
    conditions as far as this is concerned by just hoisting an XP installation
    to another box.
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Oct 26, 2004
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