Migrate SBS 2003 server from old hardware to new hardware.

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Jason M, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Jason M

    Jason M Guest

    I have an SBS 2003 server and it is running fine. The only issue is i
    underestimated the hardware requirements. Now I am faced with migrating the
    existing SBS 2003 server to new hardware running SBS 2003 server. I have not
    found any articles relating to my problem. How do I migrate from old
    hardware to new hardware staying with the same platform (SBS 2003)? Also, I
    have to have the same local domain name before and after the migration.
    Jason M, Jun 27, 2006
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  2. Jason M

    Steve Guest

    Use the swing migration method found at www.sbsmigration.com. The cost is
    minor compared to the convenience of all the documentation, tools, and
    support. You'll also save time by not having to touch the workstations.
    Steve, Jun 27, 2006
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  3. Jason M

    Jason M Guest

    Would I keep my internal domain name the same? For an example my domain name
    is acme.local I want it to be acme.local when I am done.
    Jason M, Jun 27, 2006
  4. Yes with Swing that is big advantage
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jun 27, 2006
  5. Jason M

    Steve Guest

    Yes that's one of the benefits of the swing.

    Steve, Jun 27, 2006
  6. Not only your internal domain name, but the actual server name won't change
    either. Which means all your clients will not have to touch any existing
    shortcuts, drive mappings, etc.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 27, 2006
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    Brad Guest

    As a followup to the original Q - i have a client that installed SBS 2003,
    but then started mucking around with sharepoint adn broke it. i want to
    migrate them to new hardware with fresh install of SBS (there's nothing in
    sharepoint that i want to keep, but need to keep Exchange adn AD info). can
    I use swing for that?
    Brad, Jun 27, 2006
  8. Jason M

    Steve Guest

    Should work fine.

    Steve, Jun 27, 2006
  9. What are the differences in the hardware? It's quite possible to 'forklift'
    Windows 2000/2003 between hardware.

    eg, I recently took the SCSI RAID card and drives out of one system and put
    it into another, turn on the power and several restarts later the system was
    fully operational.

    Another method of moving an installation is to perform a full backup then
    ASR backup. ASR restore to the new hardware then restore your full backup.
    I've used this to move between different physical boxes and also between
    physical and virtual hardware.

    When performing such an operation there are two major items, the Hardware
    Abstraction Layer (HAL) and the HDD subsystem. If you perform a clean
    install of the base OS to the new box you can inspect which HAL and HDD
    subsystem get loaded, if these are the same as your existing box, or you can
    change the existing system to include these items, the chances of success
    are great.

    If you do this with a DC (eg SBS) it is always best to restart in Directory
    Services Restore Mode on the new hardware to allow system changes to be
    detected and in order to configure networking.

    Mind you, www.sbsmigration.com and Swing It! is a very good alternative.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jun 28, 2006
  10. certainly
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 28, 2006
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