SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Migration

Hi there,

Wondering if anyone has any advise on migrating SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 i.e. should it take very long once the SBS 2011 is built and the SBS 2003 is ready etc.

Should the end result be the domain and servername stay as per the previous SBS 2003 server so there should be no need to touch the client PC's?

Just curious if anyone has any advise as attempting my first migration this weekend.

Also if it does fail and I have do the manual way of taking PC's out of the domain etc has anyone come across a good user profile or migration level profile tool ? Reason being is the registry contains lots of info per profile and they have lots of applications mapped with paths etc? This could a long time to re-config the profiles per pc per profile if they have be taken out of the domain and put into  a new domain.

Many Thanks for your time.

CRL ltdAsked:
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
The problem with the two mailboxes is that they are new and people are probably picking up the addresses from their autocomplete list not the Global Address List.

The issue with that is the Autocomplete list will be remembering their 'old' Exchange account details not their new account.

If people try to send an email by picking from the Global Address List, do they get problems?

Assuming they don't, get them to start a new email, start typing the address in the To box, then using the cursor keys (up / down), highlight the problem user and press the Delete key to remove the entry.

Once deleted, for every one of you other users, the problem should go away.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I think most pros will agree with me - but you'll probably not want to hear/read it - please see my blog post on the subject.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
You may also want to follow Demazter's Excellent guide:

It should walk you through the entire process easily.  I use it for every migration I do to SBS 2011.
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CRL ltdAuthor Commented:
thanks very much those links were both great!  One more question this might seem a bit dumb but do you have to DCPromo the old SBS once the migration is complete? The fact that it's going to be turned off and not used again is it really necessary to uninstall exchange 2003 and dcpromo etc etc??
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Yes - do DCPROMO the old server otherwise it will still exist in AD and will bite you in the behind some time in the future when you won't expect it.

This is Step 15 in Demazter's article.
CRL ltdAuthor Commented:
well the migration went really well apart from 2 exchange mailboxes that for some reason failed when I intiated the local request move to the new exchange store. I think it has something to do with skipping corrupted items and I specified 10 at a guess thinking there would be none.

So to some up I manually recreated the mailboxes to exchange console instead is this the right way I should of gone about it? They do appear slightly different in the exchnage console. And I had to update the rest of the clients to be in online mode to be able to email these 2 users otherwise in cached mode it thought they were non existent! Soon as I updated all the outlook clients in online mode I could turn back on cached mode and they could email these 2 users fine again.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Well, you could have re-tried the mailbox moves again, but increased the bad item count too 100 or higher and then see how that went.

Manually creating the mailboxes will mean you have to re-create the profiles on the computers of the problem mailboxes, so extra work, but if it was only a couple, then no worries.

Sounds like everything else went smoothly.  Well done.

CRL ltdAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks Alan I won't make that mistake again! as your right and I had to recreate the profiles not expecting that part of it to be lost! I did try the mailbox moves again and set it to 50 but they still failed?

I'm still not happy that I've setup the 2 failed mailboxes right got a call this morning to say that they couldn't email those perticular 2 users again! But as soon as I turn on Online mode in their outlook they can email them again. Does the server just need a bounce or something or am I missing something?
Surely they should be able to start working in cached mode again eventually?

From what I've noticed the other mailboxes have an x400 address in the email addresses the ones I had to create manually don't have that but I did manually create the name@domain.local as well as their external email address. Next to the display name the icon is different as well. The others have just an evenlope and green tick icon where the ones i manually created have a blue line at the bottom and picture of a person kinda like the MSN messenger display logo.
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