SBS2003 to SBS2003

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by IBM user, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. IBM user

    IBM user Guest

    We need to upgrade our hardware on an existing SBS2003 server. I have not
    been able to find any documentation on migrating one SBS2003 server to
    another SBS2003. Will I have a problem because there can only be one DC
    with SBS?
    IBM user, Jul 20, 2004
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  2. Hello,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    Technically, due to the design and orientation of SBS 2003, there is no
    easy way to move all the data from one computer to another. In general,
    you can just try to reinstall the SBS domain and recreate the user accounts.

    You can also install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (retail version)
    on the new box and join into the SBS 2003 domain as a DC, disconnect SBS
    2003 and then make the Windows Server 2003 as the DC of this domain. At
    last, upgrade Windows 2003 to SBS 2003. Here are detailed steps:

    - Please backup the sensitive data on the old SBS 2003 computer. It is
    better to perform a full backup.

    1. Join this Windows Server 2003 server into the Windows 2003 domain and
    promote this new server as the second DC of this domain.

    2. Make this new server a global catalog server

    - NOTE: Please read the following article before this section.
    246303 XGEN: Global Catalog Searches and Related TCP Ports

    3. Disconnect the old SBS server.

    4. Seize the FSMO roles.

    5. Verify roles have been seized/transferred.

    324801 HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2003

    255504 Using Ntdsutil.exe to Seize or Transfer FSMO Roles to a Domain

    6. Configure DNS on the new Windows 2003 server.

    816584 HOW TO: Set Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory in

    7. Take the old SBS 2003 server offline for test. You can perform some
    tests to see if it is working properly.

    8. After the new Windows server 2003 is able to function in this domain,
    upgrade it to SBS 2003.

    9. Move the data from the old SBS 2003 to the new SBS 2003 server. If you
    have Exchange to migrate, please use Exmerge to export the data from the
    old Exchange server and then import into the new Exchange server.

    a. Download and Install Exchange 2003: Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge)

    b. Verify that the user account under which you run the Exchange Mailbox
    Merge program has the Receive As and Send As security permissions set to
    Allow for the Mailbox Store. Please refer to the following article:

    322312 When the Mailbox Merge Program Tries to Open the Message Store,
    the Operation Is Unsuccessful

    273642 Exmerge Does Not Work Unless You Have Receive As and Send As

    c. Execute Exmerge.exe and follow the prompt to export the mailboxes.

    - The Exmerge help document has more detailed information, please read
    it prior to performing this task.

    If you need further help, I would like to suggest that you post your
    questions to the following news groups:


    The above news groups are dedicated to SBS-related issues. I believe that
    you can get more informative suggestion there.

    Thanks for using our news groups!

    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 21, 2004
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