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sbs2003 migration to sbs2011

Experts,

Please advise if i will have any issue doing the following: I have a remote client that currently have sbs2003, i want to install sbs20011 on the server in my lab then ship it to the client with the OS installed. I have a VPN tunnel setup between the sites so anythign that needs to talk back to the domain can over VPN tunnel. Please let me know if any of you experts see this will be an issue for me and anythign i should watch out for. The server will also be re-ip'd once it is delivered to the same lan of the sbs2003 server.

Thank in advance
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zingab
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Glen KnightCommented:
personally, I think you are asking for trouble.

You can take it to site, set it up properly and then complete the migration remotely, you would have to be on-site for 2 hours max.
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zingabAuthor Commented:
Thanks, taking to the site may not be an option. What type of issues may i encounter?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Replicating data over a VPN is tricky at best and is not very fault tolerant. A temporary failure in the VPN can leave both source and destination broken and painful to recover. I'm with de aster. Schedule an on-site deployment.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
iPad failed and autocorrected "demazter". Sorry.

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Glen KnightCommented:
Not to mention that all clients will be accessing the migrated data over a VPN.  

It's messy and unnecessary.
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zingabAuthor Commented:
what about prepping the server to a point where i can RDP to it then completeing the migration when server arrived on location?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Can't happen. Put simply, SBS 2008 installs one of two ways. If you do a clean install, the installer installs AD and creates a new domain. This happens during *initial* install, so you can't stop partway.

The other mode is a migration mode install. This also installs AD during *initlal* install and uses an answer file to know which domain to join as part of the dcpromo process. Again, this happens right at the beginning, so there is no way to do a partial install and then complete it on-site.

In short, the source server *must* be accessible for the answer file to work, and without an answer file, there is no way to get SBS into an existing domain.

This is one of those situations where you simply communicate to your client the limitations of the install and schedule accordingly. Being up front with your client will go a long way towards gaining (or keeping) their trust and understanding. If you've over-promised already....time to step up and make it right. But don't try to shortcut the SBS install process, it'll end badly for you and your client.

-Cliff
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Glen KnightCommented:
You need to boot the server with an answerfile to start the installation in migration mode.  To do this it needs to be able to communicate with the other SBS server.

If you do that over VPN then finish the intall, change the IP then ship to site and complete the wizards.  *might* work.

But, for the sake of 2 hours on-site I wouldn't be risking it.

I do migrations all over the world remotely, but there always needs to be someone at the other end that can start things going and follow instructions.
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zingabAuthor Commented:
thanks guys
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