I've been looking around trying to find a method of migrating from Server 2003 to a later version of Windows server, most commonly the scenario we'll be faced with is moving from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011. Now I've seen the migration mode stuff of SBS 2011 but I've never worked with it, and the few times that I've had the opportunity the source server was either screwed up from the people before us, or I got paranoid because of compromised user accounts. when it comes to SBS though I really don't mind setting up a new domain because there usually isn't that many users and computers, although it would be nice to proceed without having to do so, in particular what I want to try and move over more seamlessly is the exchange database. Currently every time we move a client over to a new domain and server the actual process of moving the files and each computer usually takes about 4 to 8 hours depending on how many computers they have, not counting the time of transferring large amounts of data. But what takes the largest amount of time is the moving the emails. Last time we did one 80 percent of the nearly 24 hours we spent on site was spent trying to get large exchange profiles moved over by exporting everything to pst files and then reimporting them all via outlook. And they weren't that big, they only had about 45 computers and we had a team of 4 guys not counting myself, so it shouldn't have taken that long obviously. Does anyone know of a better and more reliable method of doing this? I'm confident that if we could find a way to do so then a migration for a client with around 40 to 65 users would take a day, two days tops. (figuring on 8 hour days)
Another question I had was the moving of redirected user files, with those I typically use allway sync, the problem is that if it was setup to give the user exclusive access then I get access denied on those files within allway sync, in that case I have to go through and manually change the permissions on each file allowing the user I'm logged on as to have access, which usually involves taking ownership, a process that can be quite time consuming when working thousands of files and a lot of times I have to re-do the permissions on the new server when they get copied. So my question is does anyone know of a tool that can look past the permissions and run the copy, preferably not having to boot from a CD, but I'll do what I have to.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.