SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration Mode - trouble getting into migration m

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Cole Naus, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Cole Naus

    Cole Naus Guest

    I have installed windows Small Business Server 2008 many many times and I am
    following the instructions here:

    It seems very hard to get this new destination SBS 2008 server to recognize
    the answer file. I looked online and saw several options:
    1) rename the answerfile to lower case
    2) format the USB drive to FAT32 from the default of most drives which is FAT
    3) open up the sbsanswer file using the utility to ensure that the file is

    I have tried all that to no avail. I know the USB drive works because
    Windows SBS 2008 will load the drivers off it for the network card on the
    server after install. WHen I put the USB drive in at the appropriate time, it
    blinks with USB drive activity when its inserted - as if Windows setup is
    accessing it and reading it OK at the supposed correct time.

    QUESTION: is there any other way to make SBS 2008 start the migration
    wizard? How can one finish the setup of SBS 2008 and join it to the existing
    domain and start up the migration wizards other than this answer file?

    My CDROM is a USB attached CDROM on this server, could be part of the reason
    why the server has a hard time reading the answerfile early during setup.
    Cole Naus, Sep 3, 2009
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  2. Place the answer file on the root of C: -- that should work. Also, using a
    floppy drive works, if you have one on the server.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 3, 2009
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    AllenM Guest

    I had issues myself using a USB external drive. so I used a cheap handout
    USB flash drives that they give away at conferences and fairs for my answer
    file and it worked perfect.
    AllenM, Sep 3, 2009
  4. yes, it should. But I suspect here he's hitting an issue since it's not the
    _first_ USB drive being polled. Never tried multiple USB drives, but I'm
    suspecting that is the issue, since he says he's booting off a USB DVD.

    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 3, 2009
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