SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration, and other Server migration questions

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Mike

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    I'm in the midst of planing a migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. I did a
    swing migration 3 or so years ago when I switched out HW for SBS 2003, and it
    worked well, only a couple of minor problems I had to deal with.
    I"m not opposed to purchasing the rights again, but do see that MS has
    documention for the same purpose, so I was wondering from those who have done
    migrations, which did you use, and why?
    Also, I have a 2nd domain controller, and a couple of other member servers
    (all 2003 Server), and I would like to figure out if I could do some kind of
    migration there as well, as with shares and print servers, it would be great
    to keep the same server names and migrate if possible, but I'm not having a
    lot of luck searching through MS knowledgebase.
    I"m planning to compress my current set of 5 servers (SBS 2003, 2nd Server
    2003 DC, and 3 member servers, running things like financial apps, and
    Terminal Services, down to two physical servers via virtualization, with two
    virtual servers running on each (SBS 2008 and Server 2008 on one, and two
    Server 2008's on the other).

    Just looking for advice as I begin my planning. Any help would be much

    Mike, Mar 3, 2010
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  2. Hello Mike,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    Actually, this is a general migration consulting issue and many people asked this before, if you search migration topic in this SBS newsgroup. Here I just found some
    previous threads and documents, hope it helps:

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 Migration Checklist

    SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 - Keys to Success

    Setting up a second server to be a Terminal Server in SBS 2008

    MVP Russ' comments:
    To my knowledge there are Three Methods.
    (people come up with new ways all the time.)

    Microsoft Method
    Migrating to Windows Small Business Server 2008 from Windows Small Business Server 2003

    SwingMigration (Very Well Documented and Supported Third Party Documentation)

    The Fork Lift. or Brute Force.
    Build server,
    Move Data
    Move users.

    In each Case you should know what you are doing....
    And IMO do this on a weekend (Even though MS says you can do it live...)


    Hope this helps.

    Best regards,
    Robbin Meng(MSFT)
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    Robbin Meng [MSFT], Mar 5, 2010
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