migration from SBS 2000 to SBS 2008

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by wperdue, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. wperdue

    wperdue Guest

    First, I have to state that I'm at the end of my rope and would appreciate
    any help. I have a migration this coming weekend and the practice for it has
    not gone well. Here is the situation: I have created a test environment very
    similar to the one which I will be migrating. I have downloaded the
    "Migrating Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 to Windows Small Business
    Server 2008" by Edwin Joseph from <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face
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    http://blogs.technet.com/11/ the only document of which I know that explains
    how to do this type of migration. I have setup a Window 2000 SBS server with
    dummy data and exchange accounts and followed the documentation to the
    letter. I have done the process of setting up the 2000 server and replicating
    to the Windows Server 2008 box twice now. However, when I create the answer
    file and try to do the migration on the Small Business Server 2008, it goes
    through the setup process and finds the other server just fine but I get a
    series of errors.

    When I try to go to the tasks and "Migrate to Windows SBS", I get the error
    message "The migration wizard only supports migration from Windows Small
    Business Server". Now this can't be as the documentation clearly states that
    I am to add a Windows Server 2008 machine to the Windows 2000 domain and
    replicate the data to it and then migrate from there to the new SBS 2008

    Please tell me what I am doing wrong. The first 2/3 of the migration have
    gone beautifully but I have now hit a large brick wall against which I am
    pounding my head. If there is a better way to do this, please let me know. I
    have 4 days to practice. Thank you in advance for your help.
    wperdue, Aug 25, 2009
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  2. I have not tried this procedure myself. My first guess though is that the
    migration preparation tool and process for creating an answer file is
    dependent on the state of your network. If you are running them too early
    (before you have demoted and removed the SBS 2000 server) then it is seeing
    the SBS components and is attempting to do an SBS 2003 to 2008 migration
    since you *do* raise the functional level as part of the process. This
    will, of course, fail and is the reason why MS didn't support a native SBS
    2000 to 2008 direct migration.

    Cliff Galiher, Aug 25, 2009
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  3. wperdue

    PJG51 Guest

    I recently completed a SBS200 to SBS 2008 swing migration using Jeff
    Middleton's swing migration tools. Given my relative inexperience it went
    well and we are up and working. I'd suggest that you check out the Swing
    Migration web site at sbsmigration.com. They have a solution for Swing
    Migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 that works for SBS 2000 to SBS 2008 as
    long at you have access to SBS 2003 media.

    Good luck, Pat
    PJG51, Aug 25, 2009
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    AllenM Guest

    When you created the answer file key did you use a different name for the
    W2K8 server?
    AllenM, Aug 25, 2009
  5. wperdue

    wperdue Guest

    Thank you all for the replies. Allen, to answer your questions, I did use a
    different name for the Windows 2008 server.
    wperdue, Aug 25, 2009
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    AllenM Guest

    and a different static IP?

    AllenM, Aug 25, 2009
  7. wperdue

    wperdue Guest

    Yes, it has a different static IP. The DNS seems to be working fine as I can
    ping the new server from the W2K8 machine and the answer file setup found the
    W2K8 machine as well. The setup seemed to go well but now I have that error
    message when trying to migrate as well as errors that I can't install
    Exchange 2007.

    I also checked out sbsmigration.com and they do not seem to have a "swing"
    scenario for SBS 2000 to SBS 2008.
    wperdue, Aug 25, 2009
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    PJG51 Guest

    Check again on the SBS Migration web site. As he explains (in somewhat small
    print) you can use the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 swing migration kit to migrate
    SBS 2000 to SBS 2008. It does work. I did it. His documentation tells you
    most of the places where the sbs200 migration differs from sbs2003 and
    explains what to do.
    PJG51, Aug 25, 2009
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    wperdue Guest

    Thank you. I will check again. I used his product to migrate from SBS 2000 to
    SBS 2003 a couple of years ago and it saved a lot of time and effort. It was
    definitely worth the money.
    wperdue, Aug 25, 2009
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