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Migrate sbs2003 to sbs2011

Posted on 2012-03-27
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Hi there,

I had no luck with a migration from sbs2003 to 2011 the way microsoft advices. Basically everything got stuck after the import of the migration file and the new server didn't finished the installation.

I wonder is it not possible just to do a clean install of sbs2011 with some kind of domain and somehow copy manually AD data like users and profiles and domain-joined computers from the old computer to the fresh installed computer with an "USB stick". This instead of connectiong the two servers (with a migration file to a server in the setup/installation state) and drag-drop the users from one OU to the other?
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by:Shaik M. Sajid
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try again upgrading sbs ...

initially fully upgrade sbs2003

then upgrade the schema..  see the best srticle t orevise

http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2008/07/02/how-to-migrate-from-sbs-2003-to-small-business-server-2008-sbs-2008.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=4023

all the best
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by:Lee W, MVP
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No, that's not possible.  The way AD works, you MIGHT be able to use the active directory migration tool (ADMT) but that's messy at best.  

Did you verify the health of the domain BEFORE you started?

There are other methods of migration - including Demazter article on Experts-Exchange and the SBS Migration kit from www.sbsmigration.com (not free, but I have never heard anyone say anything bad about it - other than it wasn't free).

I've used the MS migration method several times and the worst I've had is a hiccup in copying AD users.  You need to follow it closely and read it carefully, but it works.
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Thx Leew, I thought already that is was not possible and yes I went step by step through the proces described in the " 100" pages manual. Best practices analyser everything ok and green ticks everywhere. That was from my site, however MS on their site gave off course some errors during the proces I had to settle seperate from the manual. That were known migration issues but very annoying.

Thx Shaiksjai however as far as I know upgrade from 2003 to 2011 is not possible according to MS upgrade path.

Seems I have to refer back to the microsoft approach.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Not necessarily - you can look at demazter's guide and or use sbsmigration - which includes support.
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by:Pmagistra
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No solution other than possible not possible.
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