Migrate SBS 2011 to Server 2012 Essentials

Posted on 2014-11-06
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Last Modified: 2014-11-07
I am trying to find a way to migrate about 20 users off of SBS 2011 server to a new 2012 Essentials Server. The MS instructions I have found indicate that during the 2012 install I should come to a choice to install as a new server or in Migrate mode, but this doesn't happen. They are not using Exchange on SBS 2011, so if necessary, I can just move the acocunts, but I tried this once and had trouble getting the workstations out of the old domain and into the new one using the connector software. I was using the same domain name as the old server, perhaps I should change it? Wish there was some way to migrate and keep all their settings, though.
Question by:LTG
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Steve earned 800 total points
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is the new server picking up dhcp & dns from the SBS server? if it cannot see the existing server it wont provide the migrate option.
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by:Jian An Lim
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refering to technet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721737.aspx

you need to prepare your source server accordingly to this technet article
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by:Cris Hanna
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Actually limjianan's article is from Essentials to Essentials
This article is from SBS 2011 Standard to Essentials 2012R2 but should be pretty much the same as non R2
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by:Daniel McAllister
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If the MS tools aren't working, you can migrate "brute force":
 - join the 2012 server to the existing domain
 - promote to AD server
 - modify user settings to get profile data from NEW server & map drives, etc. from NEW server

Eventually (quickly if you didn't purchase the 2011 Add-On to allow other servers) you will want/need to remove the 2011 server from the domain. Do your self a favor and demote it first.

NOTE: There are likely many other settings you may/may not have -- especially DNS server locations, possible DHCP server settings and services, etc -- that I haven't covered.... that's why MS makes the migration tools! But they seldom test these things thoroughly (well, not thoroughly enough, as there are often dependencies that are assumed but not met, or not assumed that are there so that they (the migration scripts) often hit snags.

I hope this helps...


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Thanks. I think these all have helped point me in the right direction. I will be doing the migration this weekend.

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