Migrate existing SBS 2003 installation to new hardware

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by PepeNiemand, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. PepeNiemand

    PepeNiemand Guest


    do anybody has suggestions which is the best method to migrate a SBS 2003
    installation to a new hardware without using imaging technology.

    Our aim is to correct some issues with the old installation. Therefore we
    would like to have a clean installation and only migrate AD-items and perhaps
    Exchange configuration and data.

    One method we have in mind is the following:
    - Install an additional Windows 2003 Server in the existing SBS domain
    - DCPROMO on the new Windows 2003 Server
    - Disconnect the old SBS
    - Install the new SBS like told in KB-article 884453
    - Exchange migration with Exmerge and manual restauration of the settings

    Is it a valid procedure and are there ways to shorten it? Do you have any
    different suggestions or experiences?

    Thanks for your comments,

    PepeNiemand, Oct 11, 2006
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    I suggest you take a look at www.sbsmigration.com.

    That said, what issues are you having with this existing config? If they're
    so dreadful that you think you need to migrate, and you don't have a huge
    number of users / computers, you may be better off doing a complete parallel
    install to a clean SBS setup - and then either exmerge the data in the
    mailboxes (and manually export PFs to PST in Outlook) or look at Recovery
    Manager for Exchange at www.quest.com

    But I would recommend trying to fix the existing setup first. What problems
    are there? Someone here may be able to help, or there's always PSS (flat
    rate call, per incident).
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 11, 2006
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  3. PepeNiemand

    PepeNiemand Guest

    Thank you for your reply.

    I found the link to sbsmigration shortly after my post. Sorry for that. The
    Swing method seems to be very simular to my suggestion. I'm thinking about
    ordering the kit to be on the safe side.

    Though we have only up to 15 users, a complete new parallel installation of
    SBS would be quite extensive cause for some reasons. There are mobile users,
    the profiles would have to be migrated (I don't know an easy way for that)
    and the file security settings have to be renewed. Does ADMT works in a SBS

    Fixing the existing installation would be quite difficult since we were not
    responsible for the first installation and the hardware seems to be faulty.
    PepeNiemand, Oct 12, 2006
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    Dunno - never had any luck with it. Profile migration stinks. :(
    Then I'd go for the sbsmigration.com route. Try it on some test boxes first
    (virtual machines are perfect for this, and in fact, you can use a virtual
    server for the temporary swing box) and then you should be good to go.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 12, 2006
  5. PepeNiemand

    kj Guest

    Does ADMT works in a SBS
    I suppose it depends upon what you define "works" as. For all practical
    purposes it does not do an adequate job in an SBS environment, so for my
    purposes the answer is a resounding "NO".
    kj, Oct 12, 2006
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