migrating sbs 2003 to another sbs 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Sleb, May 15, 2007.

  1. Sleb

    Sleb Guest


    I have a new client that have a sbs 2003 premium edition. We want to install
    from scracth the same sbs 2003 to another physical server (the actual sbs is
    not going well and we did not do the original installation....I will not go
    into more details on why we want to do this...). So basically a migration. I
    have before integrated sbs into a domain. I have found a document from
    microsoft on migrating sbs 2000 to 2003 but you have to create another domain
    (I would like to keep the actual domain...easier with workstations regarding

    I would like to keep the actual domain. My guess would be to ;

    1- integrate the new sbs as a dc (without installing the sbs portion)
    2- demote the old sbs (so exchange will still be there)
    3- Install the sbs portion on the new server
    4- migrate exchange from old server to the new sbs

    note ; this is a VERY brief description of how i think it could be made.

    Is there a procedure somewhere with step by step guideline? Is this feasable?

    Sleb, May 15, 2007
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  2. save yourself lots of time and aggravation and go to sbsmigration.com
    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], May 15, 2007
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  3. Sleb

    Sleb Guest

    Actually I went there but didn't see the part where it explains how to do
    what I want to do. I've looked carefully and actually wonder how I missed it


    Sleb, May 15, 2007
  4. Hi Sleb

    You get the documentation when you purchase the kit. There is a concept on
    the website explaining the approach and you get Jeff's support for the price
    of the kit. One thing to consider is the SBS License. If the original
    license is OEM then you cannot transfer it to the new server legally and
    must purchase anew license. If the old server is retail or open license then
    you can migrate to new hardware.

    Frank McCallister SBS MVP
    MCP Microsoft Small Business Specialist

    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, May 15, 2007
  5. Sleb

    Sleb Guest

    Pretty good info about the license. If the client has no idea what type of
    license he bought (the old IT guy is no longer available), is it possible for
    me to see if they are OEM? I've looked in the license manager and see all the
    codes and stuff but not which kind it is. I saw that you can backup and
    transfer the licenses from there to. Would it be as easy as backing up my
    licenses and restoring them to the new sbs using the licensing console?


    Sleb, May 15, 2007
  6. Right Click My Computer select Properties and under Registration look at
    Codes. The second group will either have three numbers or OEM which will
    tell you but if you don't have the media which will also tell you how are
    you going to migrate by any means???

    Frank McCallister SBS MVP
    MCP Microsoft Small Business Specialist

    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, May 15, 2007
  7. Sleb

    Sleb Guest

    Thanks for the info. It is not oem. For the cd, since we are an IT
    organisation we have all sorts of cd versions so worst case scenario is I
    will take my cd using his license.

    For the CAL's do you think I can just backup them and restore them like
    mentioned earlier?


    Sleb, May 16, 2007
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