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SBS Swing migration Help!!

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Hi all,
  I deal with 2003 std and ent more than sbs. So i need some help from sbs experts...Here is my situation
I have a sbs 2003 running exchange, file, print share, sbs accounting. It has a bad controller. Evrything works now but i need everything moved over to a brand new server. Exactly as it is now.....server name and domain name....

How can this be done....????

In 2003 std, i would use another 2003 std as swing and then rename dc to old name once but does sbs allow 2 dc's in same domain ??

Any suggestions ??? It would be greatly appreciated. I need to start the migration in 2 days..
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 2000 total points
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Hi mvvinod,

First, SBS DOES allow for two DC's in the domain... in fact it allows up to 75 additional DC's (although because if it's 75 device limit you would be able to have anything else)  :-)

But if you are using the exact same hardware configuration, and you can deal with a few hours of downtime, then you can simply backup your current SBS and restore it to the new machine based on the the standard SBS Backup/Restore procedures.  (http://sbsurl.com/backup).  Your downtime is minimized by installing the OS and all pertinent service packs and patches to the new server.  If there are enough differences in the new hardware that would cause a Hardware Abstraction Layer error, you can continue with the restore and then do a recovery (in-place) installation on top which will repair the hardware differential issues.

If you CAN'T have the downtime, then you certainly CAN swing the migration.  You'll find full details of the SBS method of swinging along with usable documentation that will assist in getting it done right at www.sbsmigration.com.  

One other way you can do this is with something like Acronis True Image.  In fact, I'm using that method tomorrow night to replace a client's hard drives with a new RAID array.  This again would require a bit of downtime, but you would save time on installing and patching the new server's OS.

Jeff
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I'm aware that you can have additional Dc's. But i think you cannot have additional SBS Dc's. And the hardware is not similar so restoring from backup is not an option.

Retoring from backup and performing repair sounds like a possibility. Have you done any like that ???

Vinod.
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You CAN restore from a backup if you use Ghost or Acronis True Image:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/kwsupport/archive/2004/09/18/13759.aspx

I'm actually in the process of doing one from True Image right now... it'll be done in a few hours.  This is a restore to the same server, but I'm replacing the SCSI drives with a new UltraATA RAID.  So it's not entirely the same situation...

I've done a couple of others with this method and it works just fine... there are those who think Ghost can cause problems... I've never used it so I can't say one way or another.  I do like TrueImage though.

Jeff
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Thank you! Will try that and let you know....

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Just to report back... I completed the installation of the new RAID array using Acronis TrueImage and it couldn't have been easier... granted this is in the same server, but it basically took all of about an hour.

If it's only the controller that's gone bad, do you need to move this to an entirely new machine?  Because the RAID that I just put in works just fine, and we don't even use the on-board controller.  Just a thought that could save some $$.  

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