Migration from SBS 2003 Std to SBS 2003 Prem R2 Plus new hardware)

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by doug, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. doug

    doug Guest

    I gather this isn't as automated as I had hoped judging from the list of
    similar issues and depth/detail of the replies I've seen.

    I have older hardware running SBS 2003 Std. It is running Exchange 2000,
    DNS, no DHCP, 1 NIC, IIS. It is my home setup (training, lab, websites).

    I have new server sitting and waiting. It has 1 NIC, but I wouldn't mind
    adding 2nd NIC if recommended. Currently routers allowing all servers/WSs to
    access internet.

    I have not seen much on migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2003 R2 (mostly just
    2000 and pre-2000).

    I would like to transfer Exchange mailboxes and mail. logins/settings, DNS
    settings, AD. Ideally, I'd like to end up with same IP on new server, but
    I'm not married to the idea.

    Also, I "think" I made a mistake setting up my original SBS server. My
    public domain is "myDomain.com". I created my server as "local.myDomain.com"
    and that seems to haunt me to this day as I run DNS tests from external sites
    testing how well my site comforms to standards. I'm guessing I probably pay a
    penalty if I don't keep the exact same nasme on new server?

    This is just me mostly on this SBS server and WSs - but I have other member
    servers, work stations, actually 3 routers (1 wires, 1 wireless, 1 wireless
    dedicated to xBoxs - long story), so I'd have to tweak a limited number of
    devices to change to a new internal DNS IP if I picked a new one. But I
    would like to retain my mail on several mail ids (my personal, the admin).
    Maybe I should not bother to try to "clone" old server to new server - just
    create new SBS server and manually rebuild taking old SBS off network?
    doug, Jul 11, 2007
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  2. I don't like two NICs on a domain controller/DNS/WINS box - if you aren't
    using ISA, don't bother.
    The IP address can always be changed later ...unlike your internal DNS
    domain name.
    If you want to move your entire AD structure over, then you're stuck with
    it. But I don't see why you would think local.mydomain.com would be a
    problem....it shouldn't, if your DNS server is configured properly. I use
    stuff like that all the time. If local.mydomain.com is not a valid *public*
    subdomain then it should work fine.

    Check out www.sbsmigration.com for just the ticket.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 11, 2007
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  3. doug

    doug Guest

    www.sbsmigration.com - took a look previously. They seem to be a "for
    profit" group. Is it worthwhile for a one time hit?

    I understand there are post-build migration utilities to move settings from
    old box to new. But the docs all pertain to moving from 2000 to 2003 or
    pre-2000 to 2003. I'm SBS 2003 Std migrating to SBS 2003 Prem R2. The
    research I did do on these tools indicated MS supported them during initial
    migration that they should not be used after this. If they are tailored for
    old box being SBS 2000 and not SBS 2003, do I not get to use them?

    Appreciate the info regarding "local" in computer name. No it isn't public
    - but DNS and Mail checks of my server keep "seeing" it and reporting it as
    being non-compliant.
    doug, Jul 11, 2007
  4. Meaning, it's not free? No, not free.
    I'd say so, yes. Anything else will take ages and a lot of manual labor.
    Not relevant.
    Which tools? The SBS migration stuff is not a boxed product - it's mainly
    documentation w/some nice little utilities you can either use, or not.
    What DNS and mail checks? You can control how Exchange identifies itself to
    other mail servers in the vsmtp properties.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 11, 2007
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