In January I installed SBS 2011 on a new server running VMWare. It all went well. Following this success I removed that test install and proceeded to migrate SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 using the MS tools and wizards, to the same box running VMWare. I followed the MS migration guide and ran all the analysers and fixed the issues before proceeding. Following the install/migration I had the message to say Exchange cannot be installed and e-mail for SharePoint could not be configured.
Please bear in mind I did this in January 2011
and the only advice I could see on the web (in serveal places) was to find the Exchange install bin and run setup.exe. I did this and it worked. I am aware now (since February) that the advice is to STOP, restore System State on SBS 2003 and start the whole migration again having fixed the thing that caused the issue.
At this time I have SBS 2011 running all the features I need without any issues I know of (that's AD/printserving/Exchange/S
LOB apps). Running the BPA states the only issue to be that I have IPv6 disabled, when it is enabled both on the NIC and in DHCP. FYI the server has static addresses as recommended.
The problem I have is this, I did not license the product immediately incase there was an issue and then it slipped my mind. However, once I entered the license key SBS 2011 was happy but the Exchange 2010 management Console reminds me it is unlicensed and I have 80 days left of the trial. Exchange will not accept the license key entered directly, either, as you would expect.
Since so much time has passed since the migration - settings updated, user changes, bigger Inboxes, new SharePoint site - I don't see I can revert to the SBS 2003 backup and re-start the migration.
My current thoughts are:
Follow the MS migration guidence to put SBS 2011 on new hardware and hope it does not notice that Exchange is not linked properly to SBS and allows the migration to work.
Attempt a Swing Migration (which may also mean I could update my domain name) but this guidence is still only "coming soon" on the sbsmigration.com website.
Find a tool like the Exchange 2007 Activation hotfix that MS prepared for use where Exchange had to be rebuilt after corruption and lost its link to SBS 2008 (this does not work with SBS11, I tried it).
Does anyone have any advice, thoughts or guidence on how to link Exchange 2010 back into SBS 2011 or on the best way to resolve it through another "migration"?