SBS Migration 2011 to 2011

Hi

I need to migrate a SBS 2011 server to new hardware.

Any recommendations or guides on the best way to do this?

Thanks
monarchitAsked:
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LT-PeteMitchellCommented:
Are you in a currently virtualized environment? Is the new environment virtualized?
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
The current Server is physical but the new one will run as a VM using Hyper V. I'm thinking Windows 2012 r2 with SBS 2011 running as a virtual machine?

Any spec of HP server you would recommend too?
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djcanterCommented:
I would use some type backup software for the p2v conversion. I have used ShadowProtect , AppAssure, and Acronis for backups. All of these are able to restore your server to a vm, though supported hypervisors may vary. Currently we use AppAssure which I know can restore to a HyperV vm.
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
Can you not just do a migration instead of a backup. There server is having issues and if it's application related don't want to take the problem with me?
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djcanterCommented:
You can do a swing migration, but that's a bit more work. I will post a link shortly.
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Microsoft has instructions for doing this here:
Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard to New Hardware [or VM]
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg616008.aspx

Or you can use the third party methods that are out there.  Jeff Middleton's www.swingmigration.com is considered one of the best as far as I've seen, but it's not free.
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djcanterCommented:
Thanks Lee, thats the link i was looking for.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
SBS does not normally have issues that cannot be resolved.  What is it about the existing instance that has you concerned enough that you wish to move only the AD, Mail and User data?
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link guys.

The customer does have some hanging issues on the server which to be fair I'm going to run PRTG for a few days and see if anything stands out.

The really reason I want to move it is because the hardware has no redundancy and built incorrectly.

I'd be happy to do a P2V and just press the play button but just need both options really.
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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Of course the other question is license.  Did the SBS software installed on the server now, come with the server, often known as OEM software.  If so, then it can't be moved to new hardware.  Only software bought separately such as retail or Volume License can be moved to new instance, physical or virtual
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
Good Question.

If you did a P2V, what would happen when you powered the virtual machine on?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It doesn't matter - if it was an OEM purchase, you cannot move it.  Non OEM when moved USUALLY work well, but it depends on how you're going to P2V.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
There is a provision in the EULA that if the existing hardware has failed and if the mfg cannot replace it you can install on new hardware.  MS never intended, and specifically disclaims that its software become unusable just because some manufacturer provided crappy hardware and went out of business.  The intent for name brand hardware is that you "work with the manufacturer to acquire some other model of the same", but even that may not be possible.  Still, it is my belief/understanding that the exemption for failed hardware applies.  

Not saying that any of this applies in this case, simply attempting to clarify that an OEM license can be relocated under certain conditions.
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