SBS 2008 Migration from SBS 2003

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Prepare Existing Domain

  • Backup existing server
  • Insert WIndows SBS 2008 DVD 1 into old server. Some older servers do not have DVD drives, you may want to copy the TOOLS folder through the network or USB.
  • Run Tools > SourceTool.EXE
  • Save the Answer File to a USB flash drive.
  • Safely Eject the Flash Drive
  • Reboot the Server as Instructed
  • Raise Domain Functional Level from AD Domains and Trusts to 2003, if needed.
  • Raise Forest Functional Level from AD Domains and Trusts to 2003, if needed.
    Both steps above are from AD Domains and Trusts
  • Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Service Pack 2, if needed.

Prepare the Existing Server

  • If applicable, Open ShadowProtect and DeActivate the License from the Help menu. Also save the serial number.

Start the SBS 2008 Setup

  • Insert the USB drive into the server; the system will auto recognize it later in the process. If you wait and hope to catch in time later, you might miss it and install the whole thing - like we did. So, do yourself a favor and put it in now.
  • Turn on the Destination Server and insert Windows SBS 2008 DVD1 in the DVD drive. If you see a message asking if you want to boot from a CD or DVD, press any key to do so.
  • The installation wizard starts loading files into memory.
  • Verify your language and regional preferences, and then click Next.
  • Soon after this step the system will autodetect the Answer File and give you a screen with options. Complete it and proceed.
    IF YOU SEE a screen that's blank, asking you to complete company/password/server name info, YOU MISSED IT.
    There may be no direct way to get back to this step; reinstall and follow these steps exactly. 
  • The system will begin installing and reboot numerous times.
  • Wait
  • Wait
  • Wait
  • Really, it takes that long.
  • Viola, you're on the domain as part of the network. You can start your migration...
    At this point you will begin the migration steps detailed in the migration document.
  • Create a new ADMIN account. You will need it for the next steps.
  • MigWiz: Configure Network
  • MigWiz: Configure Internet Address. Be careful with the very hard to find ADVANCED link which helps you change the prefix. If you miss it the first time, and try to rerun it, it may fail... You then have to FIx Network wizard from SBS Console, wait for that, and go back here.
  • Lift limits on Exchange mailboxes
  • MigWiz: Migrate Exchange data. This is actually done from the Exchange Console using Move Mailbox features. Keep in mind it takes a while.
  • TrialWorks: did you remember to do MSG? Is MSG working? Now is a good time to check.
  • MigWiz: Legacy Group Policies; we're not sure the impact here. Follow the directions it provides.
  • MigWiz: Migrate Users and Groups. This one is a little weird, follow the instructions. You have to change a property on all the accounts so they show up in the console. It is done using ADSI Edit. Details in the help file.
  • Download the File Migration Toolking for Windows 2008, version 1.2 or higher. Use it to migrate the shares.

Suggested Order of Setup

  • Install Hyper-V - about 20 minutes
  • Install ShadowProtect
  • Install TrendMicro
  • Install..

Hyper-V Configuration

  • Launch the Hyper-V Manager
  • Create a new machine, follow wizard. The hard drive will expand to the size you designate over time.
  • Begin installing the desired OS. You have a choice of x86 and x64 vesions of Windows 2003 Server OR you can request a downgrade.
  • Once in Windows, go to the Action menu, and install Integration Services.
  • You may need to update the Microsoft VMBus drivers to activate the nic. Insert the virtual Integration Services CD again - if needed - and go to Device Manager, R-click and Update device driver, point it to d:\..\amd64\en-us\ and install the driver. Do this for any other Microsoft VM devices that did not pre-load. //
  • Configure the network card
  • Join server to the domain
  • Configure the remaining parts of the server, such as Install SQL Sesrver.

Microsoft Exchange

  • Make sure the System Attendant Service is running.
  • Open the management console and locate the mailboxes.
  • Move Mailboxes to the new location.

File System

  • Download and install File Migration Toolkit 1.1 or higher.
  • Set up the file migration and automate it.