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Migrating from SBS 2003 to 2012 Standard

Posted on 2013-06-21
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If I migrate from SBS 2003 to 2012 Standard and add the 2012 Server to the existing Domain and transfer the FSMO, does the new 2012 have to have a different server name than the 2003 SBS Server or not. Prefer not then I would not need to make any changes to the workstation drive mappings.
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by:bdunnuck1
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Yes, the new 2012 server will in fact need a different name. You will receive an error stating that a computer account with that name already exists and wont be able to join the server to the domain until renaming.
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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In the migration you describe, yes it would need to be a different name. There are a few ways around that issue.

Use a temporary server as an interim migration step. Then you can remove the original server and, when you install the new server, "recycle" the name. www.sbsmigration.com has a kit that provides documentation and support that uses a similar method and does so in a way that provides little to no risk to your live environment until you are ready to drop in the replacement.

A second way that comes to mind, as long as you aren't depending on WINS (in this day and age, that is rare, most networks use DNS), you can simply create a CNAME record using your old server name. This works for file shares, and some other services. Only services signed with certificates where the name must match would balk (multi-server Exchange deployments, Lync, some SQL topologies) so you have to judge for yourself if this approach would work.
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by:reubenwd
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thx. Do you have some examples of your solution using CNAMe records. And does sbsmigration provoide a set by step guide for their migration kits.
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CNAME records are CNAME records. Nothing fancy or unique about them. And yes, sbsmigration kits include full documentation and support.
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