Windows SBS 2008 to SBS 2008 Migration

Posted on 2011-10-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We are going to migrate a SBS 2008 server to a temporary server because of corruption and then rebuilt the original server with a new installation of sbs 2008. We are going to use this article as a guide has anyone done this and run into any problems. Can anyone suggest any helpful tips to accomplish this?
Question by:skynetop
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    The process works as advertised.

    With that said. if you are doing this because of corruption then that same corruption could cause the process to fail. Unfortunately that is not a predictable outcome so there is little advice that can be given beyond, backup, plan, test, validate, and backup again. I recommend a backup after *each* step of the process so, should an unexpected nasty error rear its head, you don't have to restore all the way back to the beginning and restart the process. You can roll back to the last successful step, post the error and logs, and see what workarounds exist to keep you moving foward. This can save you *hours* of time in a lengthy migration.


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    Would you think corruption in some of the Exchange services would result in the inability to migrate over the email?

    It appears that alot of services either hang, IIS and result in them not rebooting properly.

    Does Windows Backup, backup AD?
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    Yes, exchange services are involved in mail migration. Migration uses SMTP behind the scenes, so misbehaving serviecs *can* (no way to know for certain if they WILL) cause problems. You may be looking at an export/import situation. Or, since this is 2008 to 2008, it is possible you may be able to forklift the databases directly (not covered in the migration doc, as it is non-standard.) So, in any such event, a backup would be *essential.*

    Yes WSB, if you do a "full server backup" will do a backup capable of being used in a Bare Metal Restore and includes system state, including AD.


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