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Best method of mirgrating SBS 2003 to a new server running sbs2003 r2 and Terminal severs

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi All

Just a quick one for you I want to mirgrate a customer of mine running SBS2003 to a new server running sbs2003 R2.  I have never done this kind of mirgration before and its so important that downtime is to a minimum. I have read that a swing mirgration is very good for this senario but would like someone to confirm this for me if possible. The other method was to do a complete fresh install and manually recreate everything.  My main concern is that I have had problems with SBS updates in the past causing problems on windows update doing strange things to new installs of SBS which is very bad in my opinion from MS.

If anyone has used the Mirgartion Swing method in this senario I would like to hear from you to find out how hard/ easy it is.

I also have to mirgrate a Teminal server to new hardware and would any help or tips anyone can provide as again I have never done this before.


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Swing migration is very simple - it costs about $300 but takes away the hazzles from a manual migration. Worth the money especially if you are unsure of what you are doing. If you search Swing IT in this website you will find a lot of posts recommending such method.

Migration vs fresh install - I would say it depends on how many users. From my experience, if you have 10 users or less don't bother with migration.

Down time - the manual process can be done in a weekend (for experienced IT pros), so as the Swing migration.  So downtime should be minimum.

You mentioned about a TS server - why else is running on the TS server? If it is only purely a TS server then no need to migrate just build one from scratch.

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Hi ormerodrutter:

I have 10 users that I need to mirgrate but that would mean downtime.  So am I right in saying a swing will only give me a 30 min downtime for the whole mirgration or is that per user?

Secondly would you suggest the swing vs the Zero Downtime Migration method?

And sorry thirdly I must appologise its been such a long time since I even touched terminal services do I just install configure the the OS and then install the terminal services option through add/remove windows components and then bob your uncle its all done or do I have to config TS?

Many thanks

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If you can't afford any downtime at all then "build from scratch" is not your option (because each PC/laptop will need to be detached from existing domain then join the new, plus all other config).

In that case Swing migration is your best bet. Very little downitme during process.

If you just want a Terminal Server then yes, its simply configure the server as a TS (but not from add/remove windows components anymore its from Add/remove roles).

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Hi Ormerodrutter

Thanks for your advise. Have you ever done a swing mirgration? I have just had a look at it would seem there are many varibles that can go wrong.  Im just very nervous that I have never done anything like this before!

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Yes I have used that twice in my past. Since then I have been doing migration manually as I got more experience. If you do a search on this website re Swing migration you will see a lot of experts recommend this, particularly to someone who hasn't done it before.

There are more chance a manual migration goes wrong then swing :)

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