SBS 2003 migration to 2011 suggestions
Posted on 2013-02-01
I will migrate an old SBS 2003 to new 2011 next week, so I ask for some suggestions. There are some specifics, so I want to make it smooth.
First of all, old SBS 2003 is used as plain simple FILE SHARE server, where even users are NOT joined into domain, but rather plain WORKGROUP users. The company admin did not have knowledge, so he went by entering each user's password on workstation and on server at the same time, so he established access to shared files.
There are also file shares, with permissions, fit for WORKGROUP users.
Beside that, users are using one Firebird SQL database on server via ODBC connector.
And that's all on old SBS 2003.
No exchange, no SharePoint, no WSUS...nothing.
So, what's your suggestion to approach to migration, so that users won't need to change anything?
I must say I have 2 days time window and there are 40 users.
- run new SBS 2011 in migration mode
- migrate users and permissions to new SBS 2011
- leave users in WORKGROUP as they are so to avoid complications
- copy over SHARED files and folders, with permissions (for example, using WinRAR and stored NTFS permissions)
- install Firebird SQL on new SBS 2011 and copy over Firebird data
- check all FSMO are migrated to new SBS
- then decomission old SBS 2003
- wait for changes to propagate
- then change LAN IP address of new SBS 2011 to fit old IP address
- and rename new SBS 2011 to fit old name in order to avoid problems on users side
After this "kinda" migration customer will decide, if they will order also 2nd part, which would be migrating users from WORKGROUP to DOMAIN.
What do you think of my plan?