Migrating Current SBS 2003 Server to new hardware

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Zach Mathew, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Zach Mathew

    Zach Mathew Guest

    Hi Folks,

    I've been asked by a client to assist them with purchasing a new server and
    to migrate their current SBS 2003 network to the new hardware. What
    migration method would you recommend using for bringing the new server

    I would like to use the same server and domain name.The method outlined in
    the document "Migrating from Small Business Server 2000 or Windows 2000
    Server to Windows Small Business Server 2003" requires that you setup a
    separate domain and server name. And even then there's no guarantee that the
    client machine will be able to communicate with the new server

    I found Jeff Middleton's site http://www.sbsmigration.com/ . Have any of you
    used his swing method and would you recommend it?

    Would another option would be to setup the new server offline (using same
    server name) and swap it for the old. Would the client machines even see
    the new server?

    I haven't worked much with SBS (more familiar with Windows Server 2003
    environment) so any guidance you can provide would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks and have a great day.

    Zach Mathew, Mar 29, 2006
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  2. Zach Mathew

    David Elders Guest

    Hi Zach,

    If you set-up the new server offline and use the same name etc your clients
    will see a difference. The nice, easy way around this is to use the swing
    migration method detailed on Jeff's site that you found - its then as good
    as seamless to the client pcs and means your only downtime in all of this is
    to actually shift the live data from old server to new server.

    For us, we thought our Trend AV was the best money we'd spent until we used
    Jeff's kit. Swing Rocks!

    Also, there is an MS document relating specifically to those coming at SBS
    with a prior enterprise background - its potentially very helpful. The main
    to take on-board is to trust and use the wizards in SBS - they do work and
    they do simplify things greatly. As Susan would say, "use the force"!



    David Elders, Mar 29, 2006
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  3. Zach Mathew

    kj Guest

    The first question should be "Do you presently have an OEM version of SBS?"

    If yes, then you can not legally migrate to a new server using this version
    of software.
    kj, Mar 29, 2006
  4. Zach Mathew

    Zach Mathew Guest


    Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to check on that.

    Zach Mathew, Mar 29, 2006
  5. Zach Mathew

    Zach Mathew Guest


    Thanks for the info and advice. I'll definitely give the swing method a
    closer look. And thanks for the document link.

    Zach Mathew, Mar 29, 2006
  6. Zach Mathew

    samz Guest

    Use Ghost 2003 to image the old server

    I've done this dozens of times and never really had a problem

    If you are interested - I can detail the procedure
    samz, Mar 29, 2006
  7. Zach Mathew

    Zach Mathew Guest

    Hi samz,

    The client is on a limited budget and doesn't have the funds to spring for a
    copy of Ghost. But, I would be interested in the details in case I run into
    the same scenario in the future. Thanks.


    Zach Mathew, Mar 29, 2006
  8. Zach Mathew

    samz Guest

    Move SBS2003 to new Hardware using Ghost 2003
    IDE drives are cheap and MUCH faster than a USB. so use IDE rather than USB.
    Before you change anything;
    Make a Ghost image of the existing setup. (Using Ghost Drive-to-Drive image)
    Disconnect Existing drive(s) and put away for safekeeping! - (your fall
    Work on the copy you just made. When you boot windows will notice the volume
    change and you must reboot.
    Install the loop-back adapter(s) to hold the NIC configuration(s).
    (if you forget this step or your server is dead and HDD still ok - you can
    skip this step but be prepared for LONG boot time using directory Restore
    Mode - F8 at bootup. The directory restore mode can take OVER an hour !)

    If the new server is using SCSI Hard Disk - install the SCSI controller in
    the old server and install the driver - if you can. Can save a lot of time

    Once you have done the loop-back take the hard disk to the NEW Server

    Install the Ghosted HDD into the New Server and Restore the image on to the
    New Server Hard Disk.

    Boot the New Server.
    (If windows will not start on new server, boot from SBS CD1 and run setup,
    selecting the repair option).

    Install the Drivers for the New Server hardware

    Transfer NIC settings from loop-backs to NIC.

    If all has gone well you have just done a Transfer.

    I've done this dozens on times - no problems.

    PS: Ghost costs about £ 30 !
    samz, Mar 29, 2006
  9. Zach Mathew

    samz Guest

    Unfortunatly - you do get the ones that will be ok for the £ 30 for the
    and will not want to pay for your time or your experties :)

    If the process of moving from one hardware to another is not worth £ 200-£
    to a client.....Just walk away....
    or buy them an Expensive solution :)
    samz, Mar 30, 2006
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