Best Way For Me to Migrate to a New Server
Posted on 2006-04-11
Hello and thank you for helping me,
I have a small business network with one SBS2003 server and ten XP Pro clients. I have a new server that I need to put in place of the existing server. The new server will also have SBS2003 and is already configured for the network.
The existing server is configured with the ten client computers and ten users who use the server as a file server and print server only, no Exchange, etc. “My Documents Redirection” is in place and works fine (but this is where most of my concern is for the migration).
Each client PC has the My Documents redirected to the server into the appropriate User share and an I: drive mapped to a shared directory of documents. They use Outlook2003 to get e-mail straight from the ISP’s server.
- The existing server does not have any USB or CD-R/W drive to use and adifferent type of backup tape as the new server.
- The new server will have a different name but use the same domain name.
- None of the client PCs has enough free drive space to store all of the servers file storage.
Can I do the following procedure and expect good results with little to no changes to the look&feel of the client computers?
1. Leave existing server up.
2. Install a large hard drive slaved into one client PC to use for temp document storage.
3. Log into that client as Admin and copy the entire \\server\usersdocs to the temp storage drive.
4. Go to each of the client PCs, log in as Admin, and change the PC to use a workgroup instead of domain, then logout/shut down.
5. Turn off existing server, turn on new server and create User&Client accounts and network shares.
6. Go to the client in step 2 above and configure it to use the domain instead of a workgroup.
7. Copy all of the documents from the temp storage and back out to \\server\usersdocs.
8. Go to each of the other clients, log in as Admin, and reconfigure them to use the domain instead of a workgroup.
9. Log out and back in as the user of that PC.
1. Will my client computers lose any user profile stuff like desktop background or settings?
2. Is there a better way to get the users documents off of the existing server and into the new server?
3. Do you see any problems with the proceedure above?
 Can I just turn off the My Docs redirection so that each client PC just keeps a local copy of those files, then remove from domain, start new server, join domain, re-enable My Docs redirection so each client copies to the new server? How and will this affect any client settings, profiles, anything?