Migrate SBS 2003 Server

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I need to migrate my entire Microsoft SBS 2003 server to a new server.
I have an old Dell Poweredge running SBS 2003. It is the only domain controller on our network.
I have purchased a new server to replace the old one.
The old one will be setup with Server 2003 and will become a dedicated web server.

What is the best way to completely move SBS from one server to another?
Question by:DLockwood
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    Hi there,

    The easiest way to do this would be to use swing its not free but it does the job well.

    You can also do it this way, which would involves using dcpromo to retire the old server and transfer the roles etc to the new one.;en-us;884453

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    MrManderson is right.  I've done three swing migrations, and it works great.  That SBS migration web site looks like crap.  The procedure is described in "Advanced Windows Small Buisiness Server 2003 Best Practices" - I followed the template in there each time.
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    I'll second, the money spent is WELL worth it in my opinion.  Each step is very well detailed.  Not saying you can't go wrong, but if you have a rough idea what you're doing this is THE best way to migrate SBS imho.  Microsoft do have similar free documents on their site but they're not nearly as easy to follow and don't go into half as much detail.

    Another option worth trying if you've bought a HP server is the HP P2P Migration pack (aka SMP-P2P).  It's no use if you're not moving to a HP server, but if you are it does a byte level copy of the data from the old server to the new one, replaces drivers with the relevant drivers for the HP server then boots up.  The great thing about this is it only takes a couple of hours to run, if it doesn't work it doesn't matter as it hasn't effected the source server, if it does work you've done the migration in 2 hours flat.  I've used it a few times and when it works it's fantastic, but if the source server has any drive faults it will not work.  The migration license is about the same price as the SBSMigration kit above, but you can download a free fully functional trial, so you can actually use it to do the migration then only if it works buy a license to clear your conscience and obey the law...
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    This question is asked about 3 times a week here... (twice today).

    There are only four options for doing a hardware migration with SBS, and I"ve outlined them in my answer to this question:  http:Q_21987041.html#17508056

    I should note though that if your original SBS license is OEM, you cannot move it to a new machine.  You would need to buy a new Server License in that case.  The CALs, however, are transferable.


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    Thanks go to everyone for their input on this.
    It would appear that the answer I was looking for is to use and since MrManderson gave this info first, I will give him the points.

    Thank you all!


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