Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SBS Migration Mode

Posted on 2010-08-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
How do I tell if my server is still in migration mode?

I have completed the Migration from Server 2003 SBS to Server 2008 SBS. I have demoted the old server but I would like some sort of confirmation that the new server is no longer in migration mode. When I tried to demoted the old server it did error and I had to run “dcpromo /forceremoval” which then removed the server from the domain.

Has the following steps above taken the new server out of migration mode?

How do I tell how long I have left before the time runs out?
Question by:techies123
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Cliff Galiher earned 1500 total points
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The server doesn't have a "migration mode." The setup program, when launched, has a migration mode that starts when it detects the presence of an answer file. But unless that setup.exe is still running, you are fine. If you had to force the removal of the old server, you may have some AD instability, so I'd run the SBS BPA, and perhaps the IT Health Scanner (both downloadable Microsoft tools), but your server isn't in some strange "mode" that will cause you problems down the road.
As far as time limits goes, that isn't migration specific. SBS must hold all FSMO roles and comply with other licensing guidelines. Yes, those get broken during a migration, but could also be broken by improperly adding another DC to the domain (not migration related), or a handful of other ways. The SBS BPA will catch all of those.
So if it is confirmation you seek, the SBS BPA is a great way to get it. You'll not only know about the completion of your migration, but you'll also be more confident in the health of your server overall, migration aside.

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