New Install SBS2003 and Dell PowerEdge 2800 Server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Craig Kalugin, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. We bought our Dell a year ago and I am just now getting up enough nerve to
    migrate from our old Dell server SBS2000. My questions are as follows:

    1. I have the new server already running with no data. I had planned on
    doing a migration with ADMT. After reading all these threads i got scared and
    stopped after the 1st step of migrating the user accouints. My disks are
    configured as 1 partition. I have 4 73Gb SCSi drives running RAID 10. what do
    i need to do to partition the drives as c: & D: and also reinstall the OS. I
    plan on using Swing Migration but have not purchased it yet. Is there any
    work i can do ahead of time to get the box ready for swing migration. Also,
    what about the Dell Server Assistant CD. Do i reinstall everything using that

    2. Since I migrated the user accounts, they seem to still be on the old
    server. Is there anything i need to reverse it before i reinstall OS?
    Craig Kalugin, Jan 12, 2006
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  2. Hi Craig,

    In a few minutes, there is a web seminar on doing a swing migration. Not
    sure what you're doing, but I highly recommend you watch that first... Also,
    do a google on sbs server migration. I'll see if I can't find some more
    links and post them for you. I just wanted to make sure you got this webinar
    info before it's too late.!


    Microsoft is pleased to confirm your registration for our upcoming web

    Event Title: SB: Understanding Small Business Server Swing Migration
    Date: 1/12/2006
    Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
    You will need:

    - A computer with access to the Internet to view the visual portion of the
    - A functioning sound card and speakers or headphones for your PC.
    - Windows Media Player 9 (WMP 9).
    - A compatible computer configuration. To test your computer:
    1. Click on the following link:
    2. Install and run Live Meeting software if prompted to do so.
    3. You should see a Live Meeting console with 3 revolving slides. If you
    are able to see all three slides your test is successful.
    4. If you are not able to see the slides or if your system is stalled,
    please contact Event Support.

    View the Internet portion of the conference.
    The information for all of your registered meetings is listed below. To
    attend your meeting, click on the Attendance URL or cut-and-paste it into
    your browser fifteen minutes prior to its start time.

    1. Your browser configuration will automatically be tested.
    2. You will either automatically enter the meeting or see an "Enter Meeting"
    button. If prompted, enter your name and select the "Enter" button.
    3. The audio numbers for each meeting are listed with the event titles
    below. Please dial the appropriate number to attend the audio portion of your

    Event Title: SB: Understanding Small Business Server Swing Migration
    Attendance URL:
    Date: 1/12/2006
    Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
    Teleconference: 800-828-9545 PIN# 8533

    To listen to the audio portion of the event
    Once you log in to the Live Meeting console, you should hear the event’s
    streaming audio. If you do not have WMP 9 installed you will be prompted to
    install it before the audio is available to you.
    If you have WMP 9 installed but you still do not hear the audio, please
    confirm that your PC speakers are on and that the volume is turned up. If you
    continue to experience difficulties, please contact Event Support.

    Within the U.S./Canada: 1-800-315-0175
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    Thank you and enjoy the conference!
    James Sanford, Jan 12, 2006
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  3. Craig Kalugin

    Steve Guest

    Since swing involves a Temp DC you can configure the partitions on the final
    SBS DC exactly the way you want them with a fresh install of SBS. If your
    old server is in good shape with its AD (& Jeff provides an excellent domain
    audit tool as part of his kit) you should just be able go through the swing
    process from old to temp to final with no complications.
    Steve, Jan 12, 2006
  4. Craig,

    Since I have been chatting with you offline already, I want to first of all
    thank James and Steve for offering endorsements to get in touch with me
    about the Swing Migration project.

    You have a slightly unusual condition because you started into the ADMT
    process and actually moved the accounts out of the original domain. Because
    of this, the normal suggestion would be, as I think I suggested previously
    to you offline, you should do a System State restore of the original
    production DC to put it back in the condition you were in before the ADMT
    process was begun. From there, as was suggested earlier in the thread, you
    really wouldn't have an unusual case to proceed with. The Domain Audit Guide
    that I offer to all Swing It Kit owners is pretty much the only preparation
    you need to do to the production server before the Swing.

    Another way to look at this is that the unlimited support that I provide
    with the Kit to complete one migration within 90 days would include ensuring
    that your server is ready to go through the process, or I would assist you
    in resolving that condition.

    Swing Migration really doesn't have any odd expectations or requirements to
    be met by your existing AD and DC condition other than that they be healthy.
    Therefore, it's not unusual that I'm assisting people in getting their
    original DC healthy as the first step. Beyond that, the main point that is
    more obvious in your situation is that we need to ensure that the objects
    (read: user accounts) that you are trying to preserver are actually still
    present in your AD configuration before we start the Swing. That's really
    the point of doing the restore of the AD to a date prior to the ADMT. In
    affect, the ADMT has caused the deletion of the user accounts and
    workstation accounts we were trying to preserve if we did a Swing. The
    System State Restore is only trying to put the AD back to a condition where
    the original accounts still existed.

    - Jeff Middleton SBS MVP
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Jan 13, 2006
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