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Migrate from SBS 2003 std to SBS 2008 premium

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Ali M

#1
I need to migrate all accounts and Exchange mailboxes from SBS 2003 std to
SBS 2008 permium for a small company with about 25 accounts and 30 email
addresses in 3 different domains (companu1.com, company2.com and
company3.com). I will make sure that all users download their emails to their
clients before the migration so that there will be no unread emails left on
the server.

We ordered a new SBS 2008 server and it has arrived with OEM version of SBS
2008.

My plan is to :
.. List all computers, groups, user accounts and email addresses in SBS 2003
server
.. List all Shared folders on SBS 2003 server
.. List all applications installed on SBS 2003 server
.. List fax routing informations for 2 fax cards installed on SBS 2003
.. Shutdown SBS 2003, disconnect it from network and remove its fax cards
.. Insert fax cards to new SBS 2008 server and connect it to network, turn on
and set it up with the same domain name as now down SBS 2003 server
.. Setup computer names, groups, user accounts, email address, shared folders
and fax rounting based on the lists prepared above.

Do you see any problem in the above migration path?

Thanks
Ali
 
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Cliff Galiher - MVP

#2
There is nothing "wrong" with your list, but it is incomplete. By choosing
to recreate the computer and user accounts (even with the same names) it
means you'll have to rejoin each workstation to the new domain, reset
permissions on all files copied over, and squash any inconsistencies. That
is a *lot* of work.

I'd strongly recommend you look at either using the MS migration
documentation which saves you some of that work, or even better, purchase a
swing migration kit. Far less setup time, and the amount you spend on the
kit is saved in time spent migrating almost immediately.

-Cliff


"Ali M" <AliM@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:5A07705D-8A52-4618-AEDB-4176573D124A@newsgroup

> I need to migrate all accounts and Exchange mailboxes from SBS 2003 std to
> SBS 2008 permium for a small company with about 25 accounts and 30 email
> addresses in 3 different domains (companu1.com, company2.com and
> company3.com). I will make sure that all users download their emails to
> their
> clients before the migration so that there will be no unread emails left
> on
> the server.
>
> We ordered a new SBS 2008 server and it has arrived with OEM version of
> SBS
> 2008.
>
> My plan is to :
> . List all computers, groups, user accounts and email addresses in SBS
> 2003
> server
> . List all Shared folders on SBS 2003 server
> . List all applications installed on SBS 2003 server
> . List fax routing informations for 2 fax cards installed on SBS 2003
> . Shutdown SBS 2003, disconnect it from network and remove its fax cards
> . Insert fax cards to new SBS 2008 server and connect it to network, turn
> on
> and set it up with the same domain name as now down SBS 2003 server
> . Setup computer names, groups, user accounts, email address, shared
> folders
> and fax rounting based on the lists prepared above.
>
> Do you see any problem in the above migration path?
>
> Thanks
> Ali
 
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Robbin Meng [MSFT]

#3
Hello Ali

Thanks for your post and Cliff's suggestion.

I agree with Cliff's good suggestions, and for your reference, you may also look at the below checklist:

This checklist provides guidance for migrating customers from Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2008.

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Migration Checklist
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...DA-CBA8-4222-8AE5-136A6597A340&displaylang=en

More information:

Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2008 from Windows Small Business Server 2003
<http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc546034.aspx>

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Migration Help
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...3E-BB59-4A66-9FEE-9874E8903888&displaylang=en


SBS 2008 Migrations from SBS 2003 - Keys to Success
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archiv...migrations-from-sbs-2003-keys-to-success.aspx

Hope this helps.



Best regards,
Robbin Meng(MSFT)
Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support

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Ali M

#4
Dear Cliff,

Thanks for the advice.
If I go with my scenario and rejoin all workstations to the domain, will
users have to start with blank profile on their worksatations or they will
still see their old profiles.
It will be a big hassle if they have to setup their client and email
settings all over again.

Regards,
Ali

"Cliff Galiher - MVP" wrote:

> There is nothing "wrong" with your list, but it is incomplete. By choosing
> to recreate the computer and user accounts (even with the same names) it
> means you'll have to rejoin each workstation to the new domain, reset
> permissions on all files copied over, and squash any inconsistencies. That
> is a *lot* of work.
>
> I'd strongly recommend you look at either using the MS migration
> documentation which saves you some of that work, or even better, purchase a
> swing migration kit. Far less setup time, and the amount you spend on the
> kit is saved in time spent migrating almost immediately.
>
> -Cliff
>
>
> "Ali M" <AliM@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:5A07705D-8A52-4618-AEDB-4176573D124A@newsgroup

> > I need to migrate all accounts and Exchange mailboxes from SBS 2003 std to
> > SBS 2008 permium for a small company with about 25 accounts and 30 email
> > addresses in 3 different domains (companu1.com, company2.com and
> > company3.com). I will make sure that all users download their emails to
> > their
> > clients before the migration so that there will be no unread emails left
> > on
> > the server.
> >
> > We ordered a new SBS 2008 server and it has arrived with OEM version of
> > SBS
> > 2008.
> >
> > My plan is to :
> > . List all computers, groups, user accounts and email addresses in SBS
> > 2003
> > server
> > . List all Shared folders on SBS 2003 server
> > . List all applications installed on SBS 2003 server
> > . List fax routing informations for 2 fax cards installed on SBS 2003
> > . Shutdown SBS 2003, disconnect it from network and remove its fax cards
> > . Insert fax cards to new SBS 2008 server and connect it to network, turn
> > on
> > and set it up with the same domain name as now down SBS 2003 server
> > . Setup computer names, groups, user accounts, email address, shared
> > folders
> > and fax rounting based on the lists prepared above.
> >
> > Do you see any problem in the above migration path?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Ali
>
 
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Robbin Meng [MSFT]

#5
Hi Ali,

Windows SBS 2008 tries to provides a similar experience to SBS 2003 R2 with regards to adding workstations to the domain, however, there are some key differences, the
main one is that it is no longer needed to perform any action on the server to pre-create a computer account. Another important change is that the provided connect computer
solution can be run even if the machine is already a member of the domain to change user access permissions or add a new user to the machine, this can also be done from
the SBS console at the server as seen in previous modules, but by doing it from the workstation you also have the option to move a local profile and use it with the domain
user. Keep in mind that if the machine was a member of another domain, the domain profile will not be available to be moved.

Important: If the workstation was a member of another domain and you are trying to connect it to the new SBS 2008 domain, there is no need to drop to a workgroup first,
you can just run the connect computer wizard and it will join the new domain. Remember, domain profiles cannot be moved automatically by the connect computer wizard.

Hope this helps.


Best regards,
Robbin Meng(MSFT)
Microsoft Online Newsgroup Support

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Please post your EBS related questions to the EBS newsgroup on Connect website:
https://connect.microsoft.com/ebs08/community/discussion/richui/default.aspx

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==================================================================
When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via your newsreader so
that others may learn and benefit from your issue.
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