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SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003

Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003

If you are migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 then there are a number of preparatory steps you need to complete. In this chapter I will cover off the preparation required to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. This will cover off the following steps:

  • Checking your SBS 2003 server is healthy
  • Backing up the server
  • Installing required software
  • Changing SBS 2003 to prepare it for migration
  • Completing the migration tools

I will also answer some questions that enable you to decide when and how to perform a migration.

I then explain the steps of migration that you will need to follow:

  • Plan the migration process including how you will move 3rd party applications
  • Communicate plan and impact to users and get agreement on impact
  • Checking the health of SBS 2003 Active Directory
  • Backup existing server
  • Change network configuration to match SBS 2008 design requirements
  • Update software on SBS 2003
  • Change Active Directory functionality level
  • Confirm SBS 2003 is currently configured at best practice levels
  • Remove unnecessary e-mail from Exchange
  • Check permissions are set to allow a migration
  • Prepare SBS 2003 Time Synchronisation
  • Run the migration tool on SBS 2003
  • Prepare migration of line-of-business applications
  • Complete the answer file for SBS 2008 migration

One of the most important steps in migrating is moving from a SBS network design with two network cards to a solution with one network card (as per the two diagrams below)

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thanks David


Posted Thu, Apr 9 2009 8:29 AM by David Overton
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David Overton's Blog wrote David Overton's first book - Installing and Configuring SBS 2008, including migration from SBS 2003
on Wed, Apr 22 2009 7:20 AM

[updated 22nd April 2009] Hi, This page is not quite finished, however the book is! If you are interested

Matthew Webster wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Sun, May 3 2009 11:18 PM

David,

After migrating successfully to sbs 08 from 03, I've noticed that The users migrated into AD do not show up in the SBS Console under users? Do I have to delete and re-create each user?

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Mon, May 4 2009 7:52 AM

Matthew,

Have you run the migrate users part of the Migration Wizard and can you confirm they are in the SBS OU rather than the standard users OU in AD?

thanks

David

April wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Fri, May 15 2009 12:30 AM

Do you have any idea how long this should take in a 35 user enivronment? We purchased a new hardward and have Gigabit connections to our switch.

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Fri, May 15 2009 12:59 AM

it is about how much data.  It took about 5 mins to migrate 1/2 GB of data in a migration I did in a workshop the other day.

Thanks

David

frans wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Fri, Apr 23 2010 10:48 AM

Hello David,

Just got your pdf book. I love the macro photo.

Tonight I am going to bring down my sbs2003 server from 2 NIC's to 1. I need to remove a cable ... but it does not say where to put the other :-) sorry, i am just a beginner, but i will figure it out.

greetings, frans

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Sat, Apr 24 2010 6:06 PM

Frans,

You need to remove one cable and disable or remove one of the NICs.  Basically your SBS goes from:

- being plugged into your internet router / modem and the other into the lan router

to:

- the router / cable modem being plugged into a firewall (or including the firewall and then plugging into the lan router and the SBS also plugs into the lan router.

Thanks

David

frans wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Mon, Apr 26 2010 10:58 AM

Hello David, thanks.

Yes, I figured it out, and plugged the cable right I think :-). But it did not work and had to roll back.

I happen to have sbs 2003 preminum + ISA I found out this way ... So now I first have to uninstall ISA.

greetz, frans

frans wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Thu, Apr 29 2010 6:18 AM

Finally made it, a bumpy ride, to uninstall ISA 2004 ...

Used msmvps.com/.../uninstalling-isa-2004.aspx

for guidance.

greetz, frans

Angelo wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Mon, Jun 7 2010 8:36 AM

Hi David

I have recently purchase a new server with upgraded specs than our previous server which is also SBS2008. i would like to migrate data from one server to the other both running SBS 2008. i have installed the migration tool the source server do i have to install it on the destination server too?

Thanks

Angelo

David Overton wrote re: SBS 2008, Installation, Migration and Configuration – Chapter 3 - Preparing to migrate from SBS 2003
on Mon, Jun 7 2010 11:31 PM

You do not need to install the migration tools onto the destination server.  There are documents available on this on teh SBS site.

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