information to restore user mailbox and user data

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Joe, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Hello Everyone,
    We have an SBS2K3 Standard on an old server. We have finally purchased a new
    server to support this same platform. The boss wants me to completely
    restructure the partions for the new system and only wants me to restore the
    users mailbox, contacts as well from user's outlook onto exchange. He also
    requires that the user's data that is syncronized "my documents"when they
    log off be restored to another predetermined location on the new system. The
    backup tape unit is a completely different model in comparison to the old
    tape unit. Also the new SBS Server will be using the same computer name as
    the old SBS server, as well as the local DNS and the same registered DNS for
    exchange. I figured to use a USB external hard drive to backup the
    previously mentioned data and restore it to the new machine. Once the data
    was restored offline then , I would switch the new server to be online for
    the workstations to use. Any suggestions would be helpful and humbly

    Joe, Jul 20, 2005
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  2. Hello Joe,

    Thank you for posting to the SBS Newsgroup.

    I understand that you want to move your current SBS 2K3 server to a new
    machine. But from the information you replied, I cannot have a clear image
    what exact condition you have now. So please help to gather the following

    1> I understand that you want to keep the original domain name and computer
    name after moving to a new machine. Actually, Microsoft has three options
    for your to do so, please see:

    1. Migration. The domain name and computer name must change when you
    performing migration.

    Migrating from Small Business Server 2000 or Windows 2000 Server to Windows
    Small Business Server 2003

    2. If you follow this KB884453 to join old SBS 2K3 Server in an existing
    AD, the domain name will be the same, but computer name will be changed.

    884453 How to install Small Business Server 2003 in an existing Active

    After installing the new SBS 2003 server into the existing SBS 2003 domain,
    we can retire the old server.

    3. You also can perform a disaster recovery on the new machine. This method
    will keep domain name and computer name all the same, but you need to
    manually configure quite a lot of settings afterwards. For example, rejoin
    client workstations into domain, rerun CEICEW, public folder migrating etc.
    I can share you the whole steps.

    2> To better achieve your require, I need to confirm some information with

    1. I am not quite sure the meaning of "contacts as well from user's outlook
    onto exchange", please explain it again.

    2. Also please explain in detail what "the user's data that is syncronized
    "my documents" when they log off be restored to another predetermined
    location on the new system" means? Have you redirected My Document folder
    on client workstations to your current server or you plan to do so?

    3. At the same time, I suggest you that prepare a full backup for your
    current server for later use. You can refer to the following KB article for
    detailed steps.

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003

    I am appreciated your time. If anything is unclear, please let me know. I
    am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

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  3. as well as Brandy's advice you may do well to look at
    which will allow you to 'Swing' the current AD and Exchange data, and
    profiles, and a whole lot of other junk, to new hardware while retaining the
    same server name.

    OH, and probably won't involve you working on the weekend and mucking around
    for the next few weeks fixing what didn't migrate properly.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 23, 2005
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