Migrating from 1 Windows 2003 SBS to another Windows 2003 SBS(New

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  1. MARCNIC

    MARCNIC Guest

    Hi,
    I was hoping that somebody could help me. Our client currently has an
    installation of Windows 2003 SBS (OEM) on there server. They would like to
    migrate this installation onto new Server Hardware due to server server
    performnace being quite bad. I have purchased a new server and a new copy of
    Windows 2003 SBS (OEM).

    Due to the fact that you cannot have 2 x SBS server running on same network
    - How would you migrate? I need AD, profiles SID's etc transferring otherwise
    I need to start again from scratch.
     
    MARCNIC, Sep 7, 2007
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    nordberg Guest

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    http://www.sbsmigration.com - the only way to fly!!!
     
    nordberg, Sep 7, 2007
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  3. Return the OEM... get OPEN. This close to the next release, consider
    Software Assurance.

    The next time this happens you won't have to purchase another copy of SBS.

    Larry
     
    Larry Struckmeyer, Sep 7, 2007
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  4. MARCNIC

    Marcnic Guest

    Thank you very much for the responce. It is very much appreciated.

    I need to get this installation in ASAP. I just need to know if it is
    possible to migrate from 1 SBS server to a new install of SBS. Is the
    http://www.sbsmigration.com/ swing migration the only way?
     
    Marcnic, Sep 7, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    Its not the only way but most of us use and recommend it instead of other
    methods as it works reliably and you don't have to touch any workstations
    after you've completed the process. Others are beginning to use imaging
    products like Acronis or Storage Craft with a HIR (hardware independent
    restore) capability.
     
    Steve, Sep 7, 2007
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  6. Hello Customer,

    Thanks for posting here. I'm sorry for the delay response due to the
    weekend.

    As I understand from your post message, you want to know how to move
    existing SBS 2k3 server to another computer with new hardware. If I am off
    base, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Based on my research, there are three method to move the SBS 2k3 to new
    hardware. I listed them as following as well as their main features.

    1. A disaster recovery method

    By this method, you need to manually restore Exchange data, SharePoint
    Data, contents in Users shared folders. This method can complete rebuild
    the same server on new machine.

    2. FSMO Role transfer method

    By this method, you need to use a standard version of Windows 2003 as
    interim.

    3. A third-party method

    The steps on http://www.smallbizserver.net/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=99 are
    detailed; however, we still recommend you do a backup prior to beginning.
    In case the procedure fails, we can restore the System to the original
    status. Since it is a third-party method, the suggestions on it are not
    officially supported. As my personal experience, it is easy to follow and
    efficient.

    Meanwhile, the swing migration is also very famous, you can refer to:
    http://www.sbsmigration.com/migration-projects.php#what-is-a-swing-migration

    Now, I will list the detailed steps to 1 and 2 methods. Please refer to it.

    I. Disaster Recovery

    Backup: If you do not have a good backup of your original server, please
    follow the backup steps to backup the server data.

    1. Open "Exchange System Manager", navigate to "Servers"\<Server
    Name>\"First Storage Group"\"Mailbox Store". Right-click it and choose
    "Properties". In the properties window, click "database" tab. Write down
    the path of the database file and streaming file. Also check the path of
    the public folder database files.

    2. Open ''Services'' console in ''Administrative Tools''. Stop ''Microsoft
    Exchange Information Store'' service. If the exchange database files are
    stored in the default path (c:\program files\Exchsrvr\mdbdata\), open
    Windows Explorer, navigate to the Exchange database folder, and then save
    the .edb files and .stm files to a folder on another disk partition or a
    shared folder on a internal workstation

    3. Open Windows Explorer. If "Users Shared Folders" is on C:\ drive, copy
    it to another disk partition or a shared folder of on a internal
    workstation.

    4. If you are using the SBS 2003 built-in SharePoint site (Companyweb), you
    may refer to the following KB article to move the database file:

    827701 How to perform a disaster recovery operation of SharePoint Services
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=827701

    5. Backup other data which you want to restore to the new installation.

    Restore:

    1. Insert SBS 2003 CD#1 into the CD driver. Boot the machine by using the
    CD-Rom. Install SBS 2003 server. (Format original system drive)

    2. Create new user accounts (duplicate the original accounts) by using Add
    Users Wizard.

    3. Open Services Console, stop "Microsoft Exchange Information Store"
    service. Open "Exchange System Manager", navigate to "Servers"\<Server
    Name>\"First Storage Group". Right-click it and choose "Properties". Select
    the database folder. (The original database files should be copied to this
    folder).

    4. Open Exchange System Manager. Navigate to "Servers"\<Server Name>\"First
    Storage Group"\"Mailbox Store". Right-click it and choose "Properties".
    Click "Database" tab and check "This database can be overwritten by a
    restore" option. Also check this option for "Public folder store".

    5. Open Services console, start "Microsoft Exchange Information Store"
    service. In Exchange System Manager console, right-click "Mailbox store"
    and choose "Mount Store". Also mount the public folder store.

    6. In Exchange System Manager console, expand "Mailbox Store". Right-click
    "Mailboxes" folder and choose "Run Cleanup Agent". After doing this, you
    will see the mailboxes with red crosses in the right panel. Right-click
    each mailbox and choose "Reconnect". Connect the mailboxes to the current
    user accounts.

    7. Restore the contents in Users shared folders.

    8. Follow the KB 827701 to restore the SharePoint site.

    The above steps will help you reinstall the SBS 2003 server. To preserve
    client user profiles and settings that was on the original domain to the
    new SBS 2003 installation, a manual way is documented in the KB article:

    314045 HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=314045

    Another way is to create a local profile, copy the original domain profile
    to the local profile, and then let the "Setup Computer" wizard do the task
    "map local profile to new domain profile" for you.

    As long as you create your computer accounts using the server manager's "to
    do list" you will be prompted to migrate profile information. When you join
    the workstations to the domain by using the web site (ie
    http://servername/connectcomputer) part of the process of joining the
    domain will allow you to migrate user settings. However, to use this
    method, you need to make sure that the profile you want to migrate from is
    a local user profile (Not a previous domain profile):

    1. Before joining the client to SBS 2K3 domain, create a local profile, and
    then copy the old domain profile to a local profile.

    2. Add the SBS Server into the network

    3. Use the Setup Computer Wizard in SBS 2003 to join the (now) XP Pro
    machines to the SBS domain: Server Management, Standard Management, Client
    Computers, Set Up Client Computers.

    4. On the client, access http//<Server name>/connectcomputer to bring up
    the Setup Computer Wizard, it will then allow you to map domain user
    accounts to local profiles on the machine thus preserving your profiles:
    "Assign Users to this Computes and Migrate their Profiles".

    5. You will Add a domain account to "Users assigned to this computer!/, and
    then choose the existing local user profile in the "Current User Settings".
    By Default, the value for "Current User Settings" is "None".

    For the detailed steps, please refer to the following documents:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2000/maintain/bkuprcvr.mspx

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/6/11671e4d-fb21-489c-870f-db36fd2
    1a7d2/SBS_MoveDataFolders.DOC

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=487736f8-f6f5-436d-
    a82d-0c8d66e2a634&DisplayLang=en

    II. FSMO transfer method

    0. Make a full backup of the SBS 2003 server.

    1. Use Exmerge.exe on the SBS 2003 server to export all mailboxes to PST
    files. To do so, you can refer to the following articles:

    174197 XADM: Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Merge Program (Exmerge.exe)
    Information
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=174197

    327304 HOW TO: Use ExMerge to Upgrade to Exchange 2000
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=327304

    273642 ExMerge Does Not Work Unless You Have Receive As and Send As
    Permissions
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=273642

    2. In Outlook at a client computer, create PST files and move all public
    folders to the PST files as a backup.

    3. Install Windows 2003 on the new server box (you should use a retail
    version of Windows 2003 CD, not the SBS CD #1) and join in the SBS domain

    4. Run DCPromo and set it up as additional domain controller in the SBS
    domain. More info how how to do this:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechn
    ol/sbs/maintain/addsrvrs.asp

    5. Transfer the roles from the old SBS install to the new server. More info
    on how to do this:

    255690 HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in the Graphical User Interface
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255690

    324801 HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=324801

    255504 Using Ntdsutil.exe to Seize or Transfer FSMO Roles to a Domain
    Controller
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255504

    6. Set the New Server as GC (Global Catalog Server). To set a DC as a GC,
    you can follow the steps in the following MS Knowledge Base article:

    816105 HOW TO: Create or Move a Global Catalog in Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=816105

    7. Remove Exchange attributes (not mailbox) from all users by choose the
    Exchange Task in "AD User and computers". If you find that you only have
    the three items (Delete Mailbox, Move Mailbox and Enable Instant
    messages.), you can just ignore them. This step is only to make sure to
    remove all other attributes you have configured for users.

    8. Stop the Information Store service on Old Server to take the databases
    out of use.

    9. Stop DHCP on SBS 2003, install DNS (make it AD Integrated so that it
    will replicate all DNS information from the SBS server) and DHCP on the new
    Windows 2003 server and then configure the DHCP scope the same as SBS 2003.

    10. Configure the new server to point to itself for DNS. Configure all the
    client computers to point to the new server as DNS. If you are using DHCP
    to issue DNS server settings, you should configure your new DHCP server to
    reflect the changes.

    11. After making sure the clients can successfully, open AD User and
    Computers, connect to the new server and remove the SBS 2003 server account
    from the Domain Controllers container.

    12. Take the old SBS server offline

    13. Insert SBS 2003 Disc 1 on the new server to run SBS setup until
    finished (be sure the organization information for Exchange is *exactly*
    the same as on the old server)

    14. Run through your To Do List to get on the client add packs, configure
    Internet connection, etc.

    15. Apply service packs and patches so the new server will be at the same
    update level as the old server

    16. Use the exmerge.exe tool to import the mailboxes from the PST files.
    For public folders, you can import them in from the PST files in Outlook at
    the client side.

    17. Use the backup restore procedure for Sharepoint service to move the
    content database from old SBS 2K3 to new SBS 2k3. You can follow this
    article

    829112 How to back up and restore http://companyweb data in Windows Small
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=829112

    If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to let us know.
    Thanks for your time.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

    Best regards,

    Terence Liu(MSFT)

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    | > Hi,
    | > I was hoping that somebody could help me. Our client currently has an
    | > installation of Windows 2003 SBS (OEM) on there server. They would like
    to
    | > migrate this installation onto new Server Hardware due to server server
    | > performnace being quite bad. I have purchased a new server and a new
    copy of
    | > Windows 2003 SBS (OEM).
    | >
    | > Due to the fact that you cannot have 2 x SBS server running on same
    network
    | > - How would you migrate? I need AD, profiles SID's etc transferring
    otherwise
    | > I need to start again from scratch.
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    Terence Liu [MSFT], Sep 10, 2007
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