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swing migration from sbs2003 to sbs2003 on a new box

Dear experts

I have an old sbs 2003 std server and i want to migrate the installation to a new box, keeping the AD, exchange and other configurations.

I have been searching for options and found that the product available at http://www.sbsmigration.com seems to be the only decent solution.  But i would prefer to attempt the process without the aid of third party software. Its not that I am opposed to spending $200, but rather i  would like to go through the motions manually so that I know what is involved. I plan to perform this in a lab with test servers.

This is not urgent but it is important hence the points allocated.

Any tips, tricks or walk-throughs?

Thanks
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Cruthin
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For the most part Swing is a set of procedures that need to be followed pretty much to the letter. It is ("out of the box" as it were) already heavily manual. I used a specialist to use this product to move from an SBS2000 machine to an SBS2003 machine. You need to be well versed in server work, and you need to work very carefully with the product.  The benefit? We started this migration at about 5:00pm one day, and all was up and running (AD, Exchange, File and Print, etc) by 6:00am the next morning. The business did not miss a beat (which was the point). You do need an intermediary server but that can be a PC with a large hard drive (in a small business). You also take your errors with you, that is, if there is a latent folder permission error or AD omission, etc, the error lands in the new server.

On balance (1) I would certainly do it again (2) use another expert with you.

... Thinkpads_User
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SpicyHamCommented:
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SpicyHamCommented:
Oops I misread your question, that's not everything you need!
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CruthinAuthor Commented:
spicyham, I know the feeling. i thought i had hit on a few positives too only to be brutally struck down!

Thinkpads, i think you got it right. planning and kknowledge are obviously of the highest order doing a job like this. But i do have time on my hands. its not urgent and i plan to do a trial run in a lab environment.

From your experience, do you have any overview documents you could share?

cheers
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CruthinAuthor Commented:
actually spicy, the link you sent looks interesting. anyone any comments?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Hello Cruthin - It has been a while since the last conversion, however, that fact and the fact that I employed an expert to do it, leads me to say that you should use the newer documents at sbsmigration.com. I don't have any documents any more. .... Thinkpads_User
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CruthinAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in replying. I think its best if i use the sbs swing migration product. $200 is not a lot to pay to ensure a reliable result.

Thanks thinkpads.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Good luck in your venture with Swing ... Thinkpads_User
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