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Migrate sbs 2003 from one box to another

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Hey peeps

I have a client that has a Dell server 2/3 years old and needs new server.

If I purchase a new dell ... how can i migrate from old to new..

swing seems to be an option, however it is only for 13x clients...

I asked a similar q regarding windows/exchange 2000 to 2003 but figured I should ask another questions as this is sbs 2003 to sbs 2003.

I appreciate server will come with r2.

is the answer build.. transfer data via network or usb and use exmerge for mailboxes after i have recreated?

Can anyone give me brief overview why you cant backup and restore ...

Thanks

R
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Time wise (consultancy hours to client) ...

Would you suggest either of the above or recreation and exmerge

BTW - I was thinking of Sysmantec Backup Exec and for other installs NTBackup

Can you comment o Exmerge for calendars contacts etc...

thanks

R
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What do you mean by bare metal???
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only 13x xp pros.

is it easier doing normal recreation

what about exmerge

thanks for everything

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I would usually only rebuild the domain if I wanted to change any specific info such as internal domain name. For quickness and ease of use bare metal backup if my prefered method for a quick backup/restore both saving myself time and saving the customer money.

But in your case I would be more inclined to backup specifics from the existing SBS box such as GPO's user data and of course exmerge to export users mailboxes to pst files then of course configure your new server and restore the specific information only if you are comfortable doing this if not then bare metal may be for you.

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Sorry forgot to include as always in any migration question, backup.. backup.. backup before doing anything :P

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I can't speak for Acronis except I have heard horror storries about their support.  I can personally reccomend Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 .  I have used it on a couple of occasions including moving a SBS2003 installation from an old white box server with software RAID to a new DELL Poweredge 2900 with RAID 1 for the system and RAID 5 for the data.  I did the entire backup and restore in a matter of a couple of hours.  The most time consuming part was reconfiguring the network adapter which changed form the old server to the new one.  
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yeah all fine with everything

apart from exmerge...

i was unsure how good the support was

i guess - export store ---> pst ----> copy to new ----> import to store

calendars and contacts too ???

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im familiar with symantec backup exec and older norton ghost 2003...

system recovery 7.0 is new on me >>!>!

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It's awesome.  The Small Business version cost aroud $600.  It is well worth it.
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Is there an SBS ExMerge.?

"ifantig:It's awesome.  The Small Business version cost aroud $600.  It is well worth it. "

I thought there was just one ExMerge .. it simply worked with mailboxes ?

thanks

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great... thought so... thanks all

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