SBS 2003 to sbs 2008 migration does not give me migration mode
Posted on 2010-08-26
Can somone please help! Ihave wasted so many hoiurs just trying to get the migriation started!
I have prepared the scource sbs2003 server and created an answer file for the migration as directed. I have this on a USB pen drive which I know works because I use the same device to load the RAID drivers on initial installation. I have installed SBS 2008 numerous times, which as you may know takes a long time. I have made the pen drive available when the server boots after installation, but every time we get the same request for information about the company name and domain name etc. When we put the domain name in manually, it says that this already exists, so I presume it can see the scource server, and is not giving me the migration mode that I need.
What can I do? I would suggest that the idea of accessing an answer file without confirmation it has been seen, wastes an awful lot of time, as you go through the complete installation only to find it has not been detected.
I currently have an installation that is asking me for all of the company info and domain name info. How can I get out of this situation, ie what can I do to ensure the answerfile is discovered abd implimented so that I can get the migration mode working.
Can I force the system to use this file from the stage I am at now, or am I faced with another full install.
Any help would be appreciated, as I have been working on this now for many hours, and cany get to first base. The fact that all of the microsoft documantation states that it confirms that the migration answer file has been located, is clearly wrong only added to my frustration.