SBS 2003 to Server 08 R2 Migration

Posted on 2011-05-04
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am planning an upgrade for an office from a single SBS 2003 server to (2) new servers running 08 R2 Foundation. Are there any caveats with doing this migration? There is no exchange running on SBS 2003, just shares and Quickbooks. I plan on bringing in both servers as DC's, letting everything replicate, and then transferring fsmo's at the end.
Question by:Cobra25
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    Be aware you need to upgrade the schema to 2008 R2 before you can join a 2008 R2 machine to your domain. I've never had a schema upgrade cause me issues but i'm unfamiliar with Quickbooks and how it may react.

    Other than that Server 2008 R2 is a huge improvement on 2003 and I haven't had any major issues myself after doing a similar migration a year ago.
    There are some minor things that may affect you eg. (admin tools for 2008 R2 can only be installed on Windows 7 machines) but nothing insurmountable.
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    There is a very specific method you need to follow and I have written a guide here:

    If you don't use exchange, just skip the exchange part. ¿
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    Author Comment

    yes i have upgraded non sbs 03 to 08 r2 and was able to update the schema fine, i will backup QB files before starting. Anything else i should know about?

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