What are the costs of actually upgrading/installing Windows Small Business server?

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-09-17
How much would a typical server upgrade cost? This is to establish the price a client may pay for someone to upgrade a server from SBS 2003 to SBS Essentials 2011. I am NOT looking at the software costs or hardware costs, rather the costs associated with the actual install/testing etc.
I have also been looking into using the "swing migration" method for this, perhaps an idea based on this procedure may be possible?
Question by:srs71
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    There are several factors to consider. SBS 2003 has exchange and sharepoint. SBS 2011 Essentials does not. So what components are used what needs to be set up on-premises, and what is being migrated to the cloud. All impact the time. Plus a health assessment to determine group policy cleanup, AD cleanup and migration, Object hierarchy changes...

    I never quote before doing a full network assessment and goals setting session. Anywhere from 20 to 60 hours, at a reasonably competitive hourly rate for your area, is not unreasonable.
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    It would depend on the system.
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    Thanks for the replies - it would be a fairly straightforward setup i.e. AD, file and print server services.  The main thing would be to minimise downtime and possibility of error(!) hence the interest in swing migration.
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    The mention of Essentials implies that the decision to not host the company email on site has allready been made.  I have never been able to make economic sense of that, but agree that there can be other considerations in very specific cases.

    In any case, if the mail is to be hosted elsewhere, or already is, that makes a huge difference in the time to move to a new server and OS, as the mail is one of the biggest considerations.  

    For a small office, do what you need to do with the mail, ( a task by itself, not to be confused with the migration) build a new server off site, create the users.  Using Robo Copy or the like, and a USB drive make a trial run of moving the data and creating the shares a few days ahead.  Once that is done, the next pass of file copy should just get the changes.

    On site, copy the changed data files over via a USB drive, recreate the shares, remove the old server, install the new, disjoin and rejoin the clients to the new domain.  With no mail to contend with and the pre-built server os in place you should be able to do this in one day.  So 12-20 hours, excluding the mail, with an abreviated on site schedule becuase of the work you did ahead of time.

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    Thanks for the advice, I know it cannot be more specific without knowledge of the actual scenario. Now I need to get on with the migration!

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