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Outgoing SBS2003 server has hardware issues during migration to SBS2011

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I have all the data, email, applications etc running nicely on a new server running SBS2011.
I have been following the very well written migration guide at this link:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/A_4234-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Small-Business-Server-2011.html

I have not completed: steps 13-15
step 13 Uninstall Exchange 2003 from the SBS2003 server
step 14: Check the transfer of the 5 FSMO Roles to SBS2011
step 15: DCpromo SBS2003 so it is no longer a Domain controller

The problem is that my outgoing Dell 1800 SBS2003 server now blue screens with a hardware malfunction (parity check/Memory parity error)

So my question is, do I really need to get this old server fixed to complete the remaining steps?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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I would absolutely try to complete the process.

If you're getting memory hardware issues, then why not pull out some of the RAM and try to figure out which slow/stick is bad.  Complete the migration and you need not actually replace/repair the hardware... just get it working with less RAM (should be a fairly simple process).
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The server has 4 @1 GB ECC memory sticks and I've tried multiple configurations including each one at a time with no luck yet. Moving onto troubleshoot the rest of the server (CPU, motherboard etc)
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Have you run the Dell Diagnostics?
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Dell Diagnostics are next.
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by:Skyler Kincaid
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You could try to convert the server to a VM using VMware Converter, install ESXi on the troubled server and boot up the VM to finIsh the process.

You can forcefully remove the server but it is a mess.
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I figured that I needed to complete the last 3 steps and Leew has validated that. After taking the server offline and transporting to my repair lab, the server booted up on first attempt. I suspect there is a flaky component tha might have cooled or maybe something was jarred back into place. Nevertheless, I returned to the site with the server, re-added to the network and it booted up without error again. Without delay, I have completed Steps 13-15. The server is rebooting now that AD has been removed.
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by:itplatoon
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Leew, thanks for the advice. The work is now complete and my new SBS2011 is flying solo. It's now time to retire the old server hardware.
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