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Before running the migration wizard on SBS2011

Posted on 2011-09-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have installed SBS 2011 on an IBM X3400M3 using an IBM server guide in migration mode.
The install appears to be successful.
I now have a screen displaying option to start the migration wizard.
I don't think I can start with the migration wizard just yet due to some concerns I have about the Windows install using the IBM Server guide.
Cutting a long story short: the IBM server guide has an issue relating to DCPRO.
I got around this problem using a work around solution but during the course of windows installation I was not given the option (unless I missed it) to select custom install and then partition all the drives.
I have 2x 300GB SAS RAID1 and 2x 500GB SAS RAID1 plus 1x SATA.
Before I installed the OS, I created a partition of 100GB(on the 300GB RAID1) and that's all.
So my question is can I now manually create other partitions and then start the migration wizard?
Or do I need to proceed with the migration wizard and prepare my drives later?
What things do I need to watch out for to avoid hassles with migration?
Can I reboot the destination server at any time and start the migration wizard when I am ready?
Question by:stevenvel
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You can do all of those.  Personally i like to get the rest of my server set up before I get started on the Wizard, but I have been in situations with project time constraints where I've had to do the opposite.  You can create different partitions using the disk management tools under server manager.  here's a link to some help with the disks.


If you need to add space to the system partition, you can use a tool like partition magic, but I do not recommend it unless it's critical.  You should be ok on space if you move your Exchange logs and data ot another partition, as well as your WSUS database.  (do those before you migrate)

As far as hassles wit the migrations, that depends on what you need to migrate.  Do you need t migrate Sharepoint?  here's link to a guide for migrating to SBS 2011grom 2003


the migration wizard isn't just a point and click wizard.  there is some interactivity involved.  i would  reboot the server unless you're not doing anything with the wizard.  

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ID: 36590937
Thank you for quick responce.

OK so I will foucs on preparing my partitions - I will check the guide first.

I noticed some errors in the event log in relation to sharepoint and group policy.
Is this normal at this stage?
Can I not worry about this for now?

What about MS updates?
Should I make sure server is up to date before starting the migration wizard?

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ID: 36590953
I don't need to migrate sharepoint.
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OK great SharePoint is a pain in the butt.  You are going to notice those errors if you're not using SharePoint.  According to M$ you can ignore most of those errors.  i would focus on any AD replciation errors that occur after the first 20 minutes of the server being up.  same with DNS.  The Group Policy errors will exist if you have a 2003 server that doesn't recognize some of the new default GPO's or GPPs' or if a a computer is offsite (The SBS can' apply GP because the machine is not available.  These also will go away once the MSsBs CreationState is moved to created.  you can do this manually in ADSI Edit or by script  ( I use a script involving ADFIND and ADMOD from Joe Ware.)  The SBS has a tool to do users and groups, but computers have to be done manually (or script).  i would definately patch the server before you start any migration.  this way any patch issues are noticed before you move your server into production.

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ID: 36591004
Once I partition my drives, should I move exchange logs and data on another partition before starting the migration wizard?
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ID: 36591010
Yes.  it takes much less time than after you've moved your mailboxes

Author Comment

ID: 36591037
Thanks, I think I have enough info to proceed.
I will let you know how I go asap.

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ID: 36591200
I have got my self in to a bit of a bind!
In my original post/question, I stated that I created a 100GB partition which I installed OS.
I have to make a correction.
I in fact (with out realising), I created a partition on the SATA drive!
I have ended up with OS on the wrong drive!
I did make a shadow protect backup of the SATA driveafter install finished just in case.
I tried partitioning the 300B drive and restoring the EFI System Partition  and the OS on to this drive, disconnected the SATA drive, tried rebooting but no go.
I am not sure if it's possible to restore on to the 300GB drive and expect it to boot?
Do I need to bite the bullet and re-install from scratch (on the right drive)?

Author Comment

ID: 36591208
Is there danger to migration if I re-install from scratch?
Shall I continue with install on the SATA drive and then seek expert advice on moving OS to correct drive?
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ID: 36592415
Well, if you have to re-install (and it's happened to all of us)  You have to restore the domain to the state it was in before you began the SBS install.  You can do this with ADSI EDIT (the hard way) or restore the system state of the SBS and perform a DSRM restore. When SBS install in migration mode it changes the server that holds of of your FSMO roles adds another Name server to DNS adds another Exchange serer to the Schema, etc,  basically everything you would do by hand if your were upgrading DC's.  I fyou don't have a good system state, I would say keep going, but I'm not sure how you would move the system drive without and good image backup.  if you do decide to go the image back route please do a separate system state of move servers just in case.  sometimes imaging systems don't play nice with multiple DC environments.  

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ID: 36596517
Thank you

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