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I've been part of a lively debate on the Yahoo UK SBS Group about how to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and what the issues are.  The information I have so far is good, but I need much more to take it to the product teams.

For sure, the issues so far are:

  • Concerns around the "state" of AD before a migration is started - how do you check it - look at this blog post
  • Concerns around the Exchange migration in terms of time taken and failure scenarios - how to remove the chances of this?
  • Concerns around "on-site" versus "off-site" strategies
  • Concerns around recovery options in the event of failures (restore from backup not being ideal if you want it diagnosed)

My problem is that I have no data to take to the Microsoft product teams, which means I can't ask them to fix things so this is a two fold open invitation.

  1. If you have had an issue, share it via comments below, but also PLEASE e-mail (doverton@microsoft.com) as well so I can get in touch with you and potentially the product teams too.  If you put your mail in the blog then others can see it.  You are also welcome to just e-mail me, but then there will not be discussion in public, which might be a shame.
  2. Share other concerns so I can get them documented and addressed, but also use the Microsoft support - you can always send me the SR numbers if you want me to tie them together.

That is it - may the knowledge sharing continue!

 

David


Posted Mon, Jan 19 2009 9:03 PM by David Overton

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Mark Anderson wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Jan 21 2009 5:35 PM

Hi Dave

I had the following issue after migrating from sbs2003 to sbs2008 and installing Trend Worryfree Business Advanced 5.1 issues on the SBS2008 box . Not sure if this is relevant or not  

Trend Worryfree Business Advanced 5.1 issues on SBS2008

The program integrates with the SBS 2008 console. I keep

getting a security error in the SBS console because the antivirus report

indicates a computers on my network have no antivirus products.

If I open up the Trend Worryfre dashboard, the computer in question is

fine; it is are on-line and up-to-date. I would either like to repair the

SBS console or find some way to remove the way Trend integrates with it.

Another complaint is the percentages like "124% of the e-mail in 24 hours

had spam". The pointer does not seem to reset itself when it calculates

spam in a 24-hour period. I can have 18% spam or 100% spam in 24 hours, but

124% is a sloppy program error.

This was only feedback I received back from the Yahoo forum (the fix solution is un realistic)

..." Yep, there was a post on one of the lists about uninstalling Trend,

removing Vista from the domain, uninstalling SP1. At that point, when

you go to rejoin the domain, the setup wizard (through http://connect)

tells you that you need a hotfix. Install it, then you can join the

domain, re-apply SP1 and reinstall Trend.

I tried it. It worked. That's NOT an acceptable solution when all

your media now has SP1 included.

Not sure if it is a Microsoft or Trend issue, but neither seem to want

to own up to it"...

Kind Regards

Mark

Chris wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Thu, Jan 22 2009 10:51 PM

Mark -

Look at installing SBS 2008 Update Rollup 1 on the server for the antivirus report problem.

blogs.technet.com/.../sbs-2008-update-rollup-1-releases-today.aspx

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Fri, Jan 23 2009 12:39 AM

i am replying to a post by Susan Bradly on the SMBTN forum.

i found several issues that i have not been able to investigate, however, these were the biggies:

A GPO created on the new server to setup a roaming profile did not create the FolderRedirections AppData folder (as it had in 2003), so I believe the fix was to create the folder manually and manually apply a registry fix on the client machine. I assume this will have to be done on each client manually for each user - which defeats most of the purpose of having a roaming profile.

Exchange 2003 - the default profile on the local machine had to be deleted and a new profile created in order for new mail to start flowing. On a system that has a large amount of mail, this could take a large amount of time.

Both of these seemed to be true on both XP and Vista, physical and virtual.

This one stumped me for a week or more, and countless hours of headaches. My Palm Centro was set to ActiveSync with my 2003 without a certificate. It turns out that no matter what I did (settings in IIS microsoft-server-activesync), it would not sync without a certificate (self) in 2008, AND an alias needed to be created in my public DNS for "remote.caddtechconsulting.com" in place of the "mail.caddtechconsulting.com" that had been working fine in 2003. This one may not be so universal, but one hell of a pain for someone using a Palm phone.

- if you have a VPN setup in 2003 with the server as the endpoint, you will manually need to enable it in RRAS in 2008.

- if you have an FTP site setup in 2003, the default user for anonymous connections was IUSR_SBS2003. In 2008, I had to start IIS Manager 6.0, right click on Default FTP Site, Security Accounts tab, and change the user name to IUSR_SBS2003, and set the password to match a password that I then set for the IUSR_SBS2003 account in Active Directory Users and Computers. I believe the instructions had said to delete this account.

- Symantec Endpoint 11 needs to have MR4 downloaded and installed - it is the only version that runs on 64 bit. I am still trying to figure out if this product is going to work on the clients. My virtual XP running on the server quit networking - which rendered it useless, since there is no other connection to anything.

If you installed the earlier versions SEP (MR1 or 2) on SBS2003, it totally hosed the server and I was forced to go back to Symantec Antivirus 10.2.

Thanks

Bob

David Overton's Blog wrote SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 – Keys to Success from the Official SBS Blog
on Thu, Feb 26 2009 2:11 AM

I started to write about this at SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues and Active Directory

Miles wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Mar 10 2009 12:58 PM

The three biggest issues for me so far have been

1. DCPromo failed to make the new server a DC during the installation process - this was a showstopper and resulted in a MS support call (out of hours, ouch). They didn't tell me what the problem was but it looked to be something to do with Group Policies and trusting accounts for delegation

2. DHCP. The new server came up with DHCP running and giving out addresses in the right ranges but none of the customisations I had made to the old server were brought across. I don't know if this is expected behaviour or not but it is something to look out for - especially if it kills your phone system!

3. Public Folders. Nothing transferred. Nothing is accessible. This will probably result in another support call. The idea of using folder replication is a nice one but gives the average SBS admin very little to go on since it isn't something that is used during SBS outside migration time.

James Lynch wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sun, Mar 29 2009 3:51 AM

Just finished my first production SBS 2003 to 2008 migration.  2003 was not R2, about 20 XP clients.  SBS 2008 running in VMware Server 2.0, host 2003 R2 64 8GB memory

1  Pulled the 2003 box and brought it to the shop for the migration, took back to site before demotion.

2 My Documents Redirection was enabled on 2003 and tried to migrate to 2008.  Folder redirection migration failed with old server mapping being stuck in half the clients.  Folder redirection GP failed to apply.  FIx was to remove clients from SBS and rejoin, however still had to delete several user profiles and re-add to get it going.  Must say the "Connect" process was awesome maintaining user profiles.

Am wondering if doing most of the migration off-site caused the redirection migration to fail.

3 2008 BPA has two issues I'm unable to resolve

 A  Local activation permission to the IIS WAMREG Admin Service required,  The Network Service is missing local activation permissions to the IIS WAMREG admin Service in accordance with the event ID 10016 in the system event log. For more information, see KB Event ID error messages 10016 and 10017 are logged in the System log after you install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0" at go.microsoft.com/fwlink

have done the M/S fix and still shows up in BPA

B  There are no DNS name server (NS) resource records in the _msdcs sub-domain in the forward lookup zone for Windows SBS 2008. Cannot find info on how to fix this

4 Console Errors

 A Get a "Vista Power Management" Error when opening Network, Computers tab, have no Vista clients

 B Updates Tab, When selecting "Change the software update Settings" get error "Cannot display Software Update Settings.

 C  In computers tab "Updates Status" is unkown on all computers accept for SBS

Cannot believe there is no native support for backup to tape, need to set up automated backup to share for that to then be written to tape.

SBS 2008 has been online for a week now and am still digging thru things to make sure all else is well. Exchange seems good, am using Popcon for Pop collection.  Will post again as I get theu these issues.

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Mar 31 2009 11:23 AM

Miles,

To answer your questions:

1. DCPromo failed to make the new server a DC during the installation process. -

I can't say what this was, but normally it is non-standard settings that make this work.

2. DHCP. The new server came up with DHCP running and giving out addresses in the right ranges but none of the customisations.  

Alas this is expected - the good news is that this is a step in my book to understand those customisations and re-apply them.

3. Public Folders.

Did you transfer the folders through the Exchange 2003 management console.  If so, you need to wait for this to complete, which is when the PF's listed in E2K3 are empty.  Not nice, but no other way to do this.

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Mar 31 2009 11:24 AM

James,

we need to talk (as per seperate e-mail) - will post back here when we know more.

thanks

David

Michael Forester wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Apr 6 2009 5:41 AM

Having a number of issues in the midst of a migration from 2003 to 2008:

1) After destination server was setup I noticed that DHCP was not migrated at all. I had to manually copy settings to a new scope on the 2008 server. Then manually export the DHCP database on the source and import on the dest. server. That was yesterday. Today I checked the config and the WINS and WINS Node Type settings have disappeared (perhaps they are not needed?) and the list of leased addresses is now empty. I have stopped DHCP on the dest. server and reactivated it on the source.

2) The migration prep tool for the source server and the migration tool on the dest. 2008 server both reported successful completion without errors but in fact that was not the case as I have the above issue and an issue with DNS name resolution on the source server.

The above issues are leaving me feeling not very confident in moving forward. I am considering reinstalling fresh on the dest. server and just creating a new domain and users, and restoring mailboxes and data from the source.

Thoughts?

Thank you,

Michael

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Apr 6 2009 8:11 AM

Michael,

have you done the network settings migration?  This will resolve some of the issues, however network failings are never the migration.

custom DHCP settings are not migrated and need to be done by hand (as discussed in my book :-)).  On the DNS settings, is the DNS hosted on the SBS 2003 box?

thanks

David

Michael Forester wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Apr 6 2009 9:56 PM

I did the network migration but need to modify my PIX firewall to complete the changes so it is not done at this point. How would this resolve the DHCP issue?

WRT the DHCP issue, I imported the leases and created the WINS and all other settings by hand but now both have mysteriously disappeared.

I have the Administrators Companion book, where can I get a copy of your book right away?

Thanks,

Michael

James Lynch wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Apr 15 2009 2:28 AM

Ok, most of my issues are resolved now.  One key issue is starting the migration off site.  I ran into severe issues with migrating folder redirection and I cannot help but believe it was due to the offsite time. I would strongly recommend if you need to migrate folder edirection you make sure all your clients are online as you do the GP updates.  I would GPUPDATE /force all clients with each GP change.  David's advice on using GP modeling did help finally sort it out but it was very ugly for a week or so, clients desktops disappearing and such.

Stephen Kirby wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sat, Apr 18 2009 10:52 PM

during the sbs2003 to sbs2008 migration there was a timeout when the active directory was being synched.

The problem was resolved by changing the registry settings on the SBS 2003 server.  you have to

net stop ntfrs

then

change Burflags to D4 in this part of the redistry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\NtFrs\Parameters\Backup/Restore\Process at Startup:

Change the value of "BurFlags" to D4 in hex.

then

net start ntfrs

see my blog on this

rotary.elstar.com.au/.../viewtopic.php

Rody wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, May 12 2009 12:07 PM

Have a failure after migratiing to SBS2008.

Publc Store unable to mount failure 0x8004010f. On the clients Outlook 2003 unable to open folders and messages of a lockdown by system administrator for version 2003.

Tried almost all the tips on the internet even the microsoft KB's

So far no luck solving this problem now restoring AD of the SBS2003

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, May 12 2009 10:48 PM

Rody,

did you migrate the Public folders from SBS 2003 and also remove Exchange 2003 from SBS 2003 before demoting it?

Thanks

David

D Jauregui wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, May 19 2009 7:24 PM

Having several problems with migration:

1. The first attempt kept getting errors in SBS log about trying to connect and transfer Active Directory settings disabled IPv6 on SBS2008 box and proceeded past this point.

2. Now it won't proceed past setting up exchange.  Left running 48 hours and still wouldn't proceed.

Made sure to run dcdiag netdiag BPA for SBS2003 and Exchange came out fine.  Still stuck.

Lee Edge wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Thu, Jun 25 2009 9:01 AM

Hi,

What was the fix for James's DNS errors in BPA?

Thanks

AllenM wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Jul 14 2009 2:34 AM

I'm just as curious as Lee. Are these DNS erros or warnings that appear after you run the BPA a serious issue or just a fluke and needs no attention. Seems like all is running well with my migration.

Graham A Welsh wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Jul 15 2009 3:43 PM

I have just migrated my own system from sbs 2003 to sbs 2008. Most things went quite well following the steps in your book.

The problem is the migration of the Companyweb site. I have backed it up on the source server and copied the database files to the destination server. I seem to have ended up with a placeholder but no actual site. When trying to create the site in Sharepoint 3.0 Central Administration I fill all the information in and when I get to "Operation in Progress" I get the following:

Go back to site  

Error  

Unknown Error

Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

The event logs show the following:

Event ID 3760  Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3

SQL Database 'STS_server1_4' on SQL Server instance 'np:\\.\pipe\MSSQL$Microsoft##SSEE\sql\query' not found. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below.

Cannot open database "STS_server1_4" requested by the login. The login failed.

Login failed for user 'NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE'.

Event ID 18456  Source: MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE

Login failed for user 'NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE'. [CLIENT: <named pipe>]

After running the Sharepoint Configuration Wizard I get the following event:

Event ID 18456  Source: MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE

Login failed for user 'TARGETEDSOFTWAR\GWelshAdmin'. [CLIENT: <named pipe>]

I've tried granting the Network Service full control, googled the event id's, all without a solution.

I could go back to the source server attach the database files and copy the documents manually but, that defeats the whole point of a migration. I should also like to know the cause and solution to this for customer migrations.

Ferenc Collins wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sat, Aug 1 2009 6:39 PM

Did we get a result for James' BPA error about IIS WAMREG Local activation permission?

James Ratcliff wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sun, Sep 13 2009 12:11 PM

Hi,

Did anyone find the fix for BPA error:

There are no DNS name server (NS) resource records in the _msdcs sub-domain in the forward lookup zone for Windows SBS 2008

There are a few false positives with the BPA, is this one of them?

Thanks all,

James.

Swin wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Nov 3 2009 9:22 AM

I have a couple of 2003-2008 migration issues which I've been unable to resolve despite hours googling...

1. When trying to move the Public Folder Store I get the following error: "The connection was refused. Ensure that your HTTP Virtual Servers are all started and check that the WWW service is running.  Id no: c103b401".  

I had originally skipped past this problem on the migration as the public folders are not that important to me, but at the end of the migration you have to remove Exchange - but I can't do this as it complains that the folder contains replicas.  

2. Other main problem is that redirecting of the Document folder does not work and causes (i think) the logon process to take a long time - 15+ mins,  Strangley sub folders like My  Music, Picture, Videos are ok.  When I do a "gpresult /v" under the "The following GPOs were not applied because they were filtered out" section is the "Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy; Filtering : Denied (Security)". Clients are Vista/Win7, although the previous message evens occurs on the server itself.

I'm thinking (2) maybe because of (1) because I haven't been able to demote the old server??

Any help would be much appreciated.

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Nov 10 2009 11:16 AM

Swin,

For the first issue I would look at technet.microsoft.com/.../aa996098(EXCHG.65).aspx#Errorc103b401.

For the 2nd issue, have you carried out the GPO work as is required for the migration?  You should have removed some WMI filters and a number of GPO policies. (this process is documented in my book :-)

thanks

David

Jules wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Feb 3 2010 11:00 AM

Did anyone do it without a hitch?  

rmac734 wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Thu, Feb 11 2010 12:53 AM

Hello,

I am in the process of migrating a business to sbs 2008, from sbs 2003. Everything was going relatively smooth until after the mailbox move. All mailboxes were successfully migrated to the sbs 2008 server, Exchange 2007. I have followed all steps in MS Migration Guide in order.

I'm stuck on trying to move Exchange Public folders. When I right click on the Public folder store and select Move all Replicas the sbs 2008 server doesn't appear in the list box, and I can not type the server name either. From the sbs 2003 server I can ping the sbs 2008 server by name but I noticed that if I do a search in AD the sbs 2008 is not found. I have not been able to find any posts or blogs with other people having this issue. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Rich

WL wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Feb 24 2010 8:58 AM

Hi David,

I completed the migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 within 10 days.

Your book SBS 2008: Installation, Migration and Configuration was a tremendous help. I used as my main guide throughout the whole process. There were issues that cropped up during the migration which I managed to resolved through the advise/tips given by the SBS community (online).

Once again, thank you for the support.

Cheers,

WL

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 7:16 AM

WL - I'm glad it worked out pretty smoothly.  It would be great to know areas that caused problems and how long each step actually took (domain, files, e-mail and other stuff)

Thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Mar 1 2010 7:20 AM

@Rich,

It sounds like DNS trouble - check that the SBS 2008 has DNS installed and that the domain is in there.  If not, check the DNS settings on SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 and ensure that the DNS points to the Server IP address.

Thanks

David

Clint wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Apr 19 2010 10:15 PM

@Rich and @David

I am having the same issue Rich is having, nothing in the Move Public folder replicas server pull down. If either of you get an answer to this issue please let me know. Reply back here... I don't think it is a DNS issue but could be wrong. I have DNS on both the old SBS2003 and SBS 2008 both have the IP of each other in them and both have the name servers referenced in the forward lookup zones. Still nothing in the pull down... This is frustrating...

Clint wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Apr 26 2010 5:10 PM

I got my answer..

It was quite a ridiculous fix! I had completed the migration successfully and all the DNS was setup properly as well. I was scratching my head on this one for a while. then it occurred to me, I had not rebooted the source server. I was never prompted to and honestly I was so elated that the initial SBS 2008 migration finally completed I was focusing on the destination server issues and ignoring the source server.

The Migration instructions did not specify that the source server needed to be rebooted. Well I rebooted the source server and low and behold all of the issues went away. I was able to replicate the Public Folders, Move Mailboxes and the AD, replication and group policy errors in event log stopped.

Sometimes the solution to a seemingly complex problem is quite simple.

Reboot.

Morgan in Seattle wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sat, May 15 2010 4:47 PM

Has anybody ever migrated sbs 2003 to Sbs 2008 over a WAN link? My client just aquired a company and they have sbs 2003. My client would like to migrate to sbs 2008  with a new server in Seattle but the old sbs 2003 box is in Denver where they have  a T1. My client has a 10Mbit Ethernet over copper circuit. If we create a VPN with our firewalls, would it be possible to migrate to sbs 2008.

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Thu, May 20 2010 6:59 PM

@Morgan,

Anything is possible, however you need to think about the time it will take to move all the data over what would be quite a high latency network.  Migrating e-mail might be particualrly time consuming.

The SBS 2008 and SBS 2003 systems will need to think of themselves as being on the same physical network (DNS, DHCP, IP subnet etc).

Thanks

David

Darren(UK) wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sat, May 22 2010 12:53 PM

Just completed my first Migratation from SBS2003 to SBS2008 using Dave's book and completed the whole thing in about 2 days (using the evenings to copy e-mails and data files. Fanatastic book by the way, although some steps seem to have changed order in the migration tasks.

Just a few issues to resolve (outlook 2007 asking for password everytime(now solved), SBS Console update services giving me a error and a Backup Exec 12.5 problem (now solved)).

Public Folders did take a long time to replicate accross (2 days).

Bill wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Jun 8 2010 4:33 PM

Hi Darren,

for me migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 20098 went well and only problem my clients are facing that even though they are connected with the network using VPN but after certain time MS Outlook started asking for password on all the system which are using 3g card and VPN to connect to the server.

can you guys please help me to sort out this issue.

server is now 2008 SBS edition,  Cllient Computers have windows XP Pro and Vista Business with few of them are using MS Outlook 2003 and rest using Office 2007.

A prompt reply to sort out this issue will b really appreciate.

Many Thank

Bill

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David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Jun 8 2010 8:43 PM

Bill,

you need to update your exchange installation.  Look at www.microsoft.com/.../results.aspx and you will see Exchange Service Packs (install SP2) and also the roll-ups.  Grab the latest ones of those and Exchange should resolve the issues you are seeing.

Bill wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Wed, Jun 9 2010 2:21 PM

Hi David,

Thank you for your reply, based on the 64bit Architecture i downloaded the SP2 for Exchange 2007, also i did donwload the tool to help the installation of SP2 on SBS 2008. when i run the tool it installs seccuessfully and in next stage it asks me to specify the folder where the SP2 for Exchange is located. despite providing the correct location it still does only give me option to select the folder and does not recognize or show me the file which i donwloaded from Microsoft website. could you please let me know what i am doing wrong?

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Fri, Jun 11 2010 2:54 PM

OK,

so I downloaded www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx, installed in the detault directory and then let it run.

I selected the folder where I had also downloaded Exchange 2007 SP2 (link is on the downloads page above) and extracted it to.  The SP2 download extracts to a folder of your choice.

click next a few times in the tool, then run the Exchange setup which is automattically started. Go through the install process, then close the installer.  Note the install process takes a little while.

I was then back at the SBS install tool, pressed next and it finished up.

I hope that helps

David

Stuart wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Fri, Jul 9 2010 10:46 PM

Having the DC_Promo failed issue too. Have tried the Group Policy update but still getting the same thing. There seems to be no definitive answer to this problem although many people seem to have it. I am running it in Hyper-V

Cat wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Fri, Jul 23 2010 12:29 PM

Hello David,

I wonder if you have heard of disappearing disk space with SBS 2008?  

We migrated from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 nearly two years ago, and have always had an issue with disappearing disk space.  Our IT guy investigated and found that the event log files are just stacking up, and never get automatically deleted.  

We are currently running on 1.39GB free space...

Six months ago, our IT guy completely re-installed the software, as prior to this we had upgrade after upgrade, so he was hoping the latest version would fix the issue, but as of today, it's still a problem. He can fix it, but it's never a permanent fix, and just recurs after a few days... Any ideas?  

Thank you very much in advance for any help you can give.

Cat

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sun, Jul 25 2010 10:46 PM

Stuart,

DC Promo issue is nearly always a networking issue.  Can the two servers see eachother and have you double checked the info inthe answerfile for migration?

thanks

David

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sun, Jul 25 2010 10:49 PM

Cat,

Have the backups been running?  By the logs, I presume that you mean the Exchange logs which only get purged when a successful backup is run if I remember.

The other thing to check that can "eat" disk is the shadow copy storage.  You can check this with "vssadmin list shadowstorage" in an elevated command prompt.

Thanks

David

Matthew wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Aug 24 2010 4:13 AM

Did anyone find the fix for BPA error:

There are no DNS name server (NS) resource records in the _msdcs sub-domain in the forward lookup zone for Windows SBS 2008

ADTRAN Ethernet Over Copper wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Aug 24 2010 11:01 PM

Haven't seen much about this lately.

Chris wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Oct 4 2010 6:00 PM

Just trying to do a migration on site...

Destination server keeps giving out verify that the domain name and credentials are correct and then try again...

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Oct 5 2010 7:26 AM

Chris,

from the destination server, try net use <oldservername> /user:<username> <password>  where the three items in <> are replaced by the text from your answerfile.  If you can diagnose this, then you should fix things - you may find there is a DNS name issue, for example.

Thanks

David

Ethernet Over Copper wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Tue, Oct 26 2010 9:02 PM

I haven't had any issues yet.

dan wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Nov 22 2010 2:30 PM

Hello,

We are about to start migrating from sbs 2003 to sbs 2008. Right after 2008 is installed what are the necessary steps to take right after installing 2008 to make sure users can login.

If we stop after installing (and dhcp etc is migrated)  will the users be able to login and access their exchange 2003 mailboxes so that we have time to migrate the rest when its convenient for us?

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Mon, Nov 29 2010 7:21 AM

Dan,

Users should be able to log on any time through the migration and e-mail should continue to arrive and be accessed except when the e-mail migration is taking place.

Thanks

David

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Dominic Fernandez wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sat, Feb 19 2011 12:28 PM

Hi guys,

I have reached the end of my 21 day grace period, but my exchange public folder replication is not complete. It is very slow. It copied 900 MB fairly quickly and since then it has been crawling and reached 1.1Gb with another 500Mb to go. I have completed all other requirements for the migration. Is there anyway this can replication can be forced to complete?

Can I run the finish migration in the migration wizard before this public folder migration is comlpete.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Dominic

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues
on Sun, Feb 20 2011 11:58 PM

Dominic,

Movement of data should not be that slow.  Assuming that the network and quotas are good I would contact MS support to see how / if they can help you.

Thanks

David

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