Replacing Server / Domain Controller

Hi,

We recently upgraded to a new Server with better hardware. Both the old and new Servers are running SBS 2011 Essentials, as well as being domain controllers. The Domain Name has remained the same.

How do we go about connecting the workstations to the new Server? Is it a matter of uninstalling the Windows Connector  Software and reinstalling? I tried that with one workstation, and lost the Desktop shortcuts, etc.

Thanks.
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arnoldCommented:
There are clear procedures that guide you through this process.

The MS article deals with the requisite steps.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg186124.aspx
Did you install the new SBS in migration mode?

The difficulty with your situation is that it is unlear in what state it is and an erroneous suggestion/approach could lead to an unwanted results.

Since you've just began with the new setup, an approach following the MS guide might be the straight forward approach versus trying to go from the current state which may or may not be an optimal with trying to assert/transition.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Hi,

No, there was no migration of any sort. It was just a new machine with a fresh install. The only thing they shared was the Domain Name, which may pose a problem?
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arnoldCommented:
Yes.  I think the straight forward approach for you is to look at the document and consider whether it is best for you to start from scratch on the new hardware installing the SBS 2011 essential in migration mode and then proceed on that course.
Or if the current SBS 2011 essential is "corrupt"/causing trouble that a fresh start is better.

The difficulty as you noticed when setting up anew, the user's data may require additional work to copy accross depending on whether each workstation stores the profiles data locally or you have the user profile data transferred and stored on a server (roaming profiles, redirected folders (documents, application data/appdata, desktop, start menu))
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
I don't believe we did anything fancy like roaming profiles, etc.

Ok, so going to your link gives me good info. So assuming that there was no migration of any sort between the old and new server, the protocol goes something like this:

- Use Windows Easy Transfer to copy things like Desktop and other setting and save it to a flash drive.

- Uninstall Windows Connector software.

- Go to Computer properties and remove it from the old Domain (even though the Domain names are the same).

- Run Windows Connector software to connect it to the new Server (with the same Domain name).

Do I have it right?
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arnoldCommented:
Hedging my bets, the first step in the document deals with preparing data/environment for migration which includes using an answer file that will be used during the install of SBS 2011 essentials on the new hardware.  Given your new server is up and running, I am not sure whether the items you outline are a clear path with minimal (no potential issues; murphy's law, if something can go wrong it will.)
SBS environments are extremely finicky with excessive risk that come with massive consequences.
i.e. usually this is the only server in the environment and has a huge enterprise risk.

Step 3/4 are the 21 day window that allows for the two SBS's to coexist on the same LAn.

How familiar are you with the existing environment, how the user interact with the server/shares, etc.
Are there applicaitons being published from the SBS down to the user, etc.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Our network is pretty simple: one SBS 2011 Essentials Server, a handful or workstations, a couple of shares.

The article appears to steer me in the way of Windows Easy Transfer.

There is one area where I'm a little fuzzy though. During the Connector software install, I see the message:

"You can move your existing user data and settings, such as My Documents, desktop background and Internet favorites to your new network user account......."

What exactly does this mean? Does it mean the user's desktop settings, documents, etc. will be moved and stored on the Server permanently? And if the computer no longer has access to that server, or joins a different Domain, all those settings and files will be lost?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
What exactly does this mean? Does it mean the user's desktop settings, documents, etc. will be moved and stored on the Server permanently? And if the computer no longer has access to that server, or joins a different Domain, all those settings and files will be lost? Only if you use folder redirection.. If one joins a different domain then yes those items are no longer available as you get a brand new user account...

The same goes when you join a computer to a domain and login to a domain user account the local account settings / files are not available as you get a new profile.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Ugh - I really need to get a better handle on how these user profiles work, where they are stored, etc.

I used Windows Easy Transfer to make a backup file of a desktop before I joined a computer to a Domain. After joining, I used Windows Easy Transfer to restore and.....nothing happened.

And I have no idea where to find those old Desktop shortcuts, etc.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
What exactly does this mean? Does it mean the user's desktop settings, documents, etc. will be moved and stored on the Server permanently? And if the computer no longer has access to that server, or joins a different Domain, all those settings and files will be lost?

 Only if you use folder redirection.. If one joins a different domain then yes those items are no longer available as you get a brand new user account...

So if you are not using folder redirection, then checking or unchecking the box does nothing?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
correct.. SBS uses folder redirection by default.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Hi,

We have SBS Essentials 2011. I've been told it doesn't have folder redirection?
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arnoldCommented:
No roaming profiles/folder redirections will require that you backup each users data desktop, documents, etc.

Your environment seem to be small.

Presumably policy dictates that each user save company data in the server shares rather than within the user's  profile.

Careful analysis, planing must be used.
Unfortunately, caution, and careful are the only useful suggestions.
Note you have 21 days from install of the new system to the time the migration must be competed.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you - one and all.
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