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SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 MIgration gone wrong

I need help I'm just at the end of the migration of the ms guidelines but having troubles.

I have demoted the exchange on the 2003 server and i was about to demote the server 2003 till i tried to to a gpupdate /force
on the workstation and got errors. I did a dcdiag and the sysvol is missing and the netlogon missing. I having replication issues.
I noticed the files in c:\windows\sysvol is missing on both servers and i cant connect to exchange.

 I had to edit the registry because of when start the migration ad took too long to respond i have the website i referenced to
http://www.andyamos.com/?p=310

Also i relized that there was another network adapter in the network connections i have since disabled it.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
I know you don't want to hear this, but flatten both boxes, restore your 2003 from backup, and begin again.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
And, I ment to add:  consider the solution offerered by www.sbsmigration.com, which avoids the pitfalls you have experienced and provides a way back at every step, with most of the work being done away from the clients place of business.
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axisdigitalAuthor Commented:
Really is there any other way to get through this. I ve been at for 3 days and cant afford to rebuild from backup. Can I get the old sysvol folder and replace with the current server.
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aoakeleyCommented:
I agree with @fl_flyfishing.

I suspect that your original AD may have been in a jrnl_wrap_error state if this was the case AD could not replicate to the new DC
http://www.jigsawboys.com/2007/01/17/jrnl_wrap_error-on-single-domain-controller-environment/
Another reason for the failed AD migration could have been DNS issues

You may be able to get SYSVOL replicating again with reference to:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316790
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257338
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290762

HOWEVER this would probably still leave you with a half baked upgrade!

@fl_flyfishing is correct - restore from backup, check AD is healthy, Check DNS etc is working properly. Start migration again. Spend $200 on the kit from www.sbsmigration.com and you can do it all offline from the production server and you will have almost 0 downtime

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aoakeleyCommented:
> and cant afford to rebuild from backup
the cost of not doing so could be even greater......
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axisdigitalAuthor Commented:
thanks for all your comments, I have decided to ditch the migration and start a fresh system build. The only problem i have is the users mailboxes as i have migrated the mailboxes over to the new server i've kept the store on a diffent partition can i rebuild the mailboxes to the new store?
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Sushant GulatiConsultantCommented:
What I think is you can do the fresh installation of the AD, go with the same domain name. Create the users with the exact alias, install the exchange on the newly build server, and move the mailboxes into the new store.

Good Luck..!!
~SG~
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
You need to protect that store.  Or get it from your last backup.  One of the issues with MS migration is the mail continues to flow unless you disabled it.  So the store in the last 2003 backup is outdated.  This is not something to take lightly, and you may want to open a new case directed at SBS and Exchange asking the question:  "How do I retreive mailboxes from an orphaned store?", or words to that effect, and include that the old server is or is not availble and how the new orphaned store came to exist.
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aoakeleyCommented:
You must preserve your current AD if you want to preserve the store.
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Sushant GulatiConsultantCommented:
I will go with aoakeley. Save your AD to save your exchange.
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aoakeleyCommented:
If you want to get out of this alive:
1. Fix the ad replication issues
2. Move the mailboxes back to a 2003 server, install a new server if you need to
3. Remove the new 2008sbs from the network
4. Do the migration again
5. I recommend www.sbsmigration.com
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