Looking for migration documents and information?

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  • Thanks for the links I'll be migrating from SBS 03 shortly and this should be useful.
    Wednesday, March 02, 2011 11:37 PM
  • Hi

    Do i need to have SBS2003 SP2 or is SP1 good to migrate ?

    I did a try on a SBS2003 SP1 today, the migration prep done with no errors, answerign file done, server got no errors but . . .

    when trying to install SBS2011 it get stuck telling me the prep tool havent br run on the SBS2003 ??? hmmm


    Monday, March 07, 2011 10:05 PM
  • hi

    I did migration from sbs2008 to sbs211.  It worked found straight forward.  I will try from sbs2003 to sbs2011 this month.  I have been using swing migration notes.  have to ttried swing migration notes BossDr.


    keep posted

    Naeem Bhatti MCITP EA, MCITP, MCTS Exchange 2007 MCSE security,MCSE AD, MCSE in Messaging, MCDST SBS2003 and SBS2008 Specialist
    Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:46 AM
  • I gave up and did a clean install, and now moving everything  . . .
    Monday, March 14, 2011 8:35 PM
  • Excellent links, thanks for that Susan.

    If anyone is looking for SBS 2008 migration documents, check out our recent article here -  Hopefully may come in useful for someone.

    Am new to this forum as a poster, but got tips from here countless times.  Hopefully I can give something back :-)

    IT support Newcastle and North East
    Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:02 PM
  • Is there documentation for migrating from a workgroup network to SBS 2011?
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 2:16 PM
  • Hi Susan,

    Here's an article I wrote. Hope someone finds it useful.



    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:36 AM
  • I'm looking to migrate from Server 2003 Standard (No Exchange) to SBS 2011 Standard - any doc links to share?  I've ready a bit about postive experiences for some folks moving from Win2K3 Server to SBS 2008 without problems using the Migration Tools but am a little concerned about getting a healthy Exchange install if there's no Exchange Organization to migrated in the process.



    Monday, June 06, 2011 11:28 PM
  • Microsoft introduced the Small Business Server migration portal with all migration documents all together on one page. Also links to all best practize analyzers, nice collection.

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    Saturday, June 25, 2011 1:25 PM
  • Microsoft introduced the Small Business Server migration portal with all migration documents all together on one page. Also links to all best practize analyzers, nice collection.

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    Interesting that there's no mention of migrating from Win XP or 7 .
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 1:18 PM
  • Well Windows XP and Windows 7 are considered client operating systems, not Server operating systems. There are little to no service to migrate from a client OS. So no there wouldn't be any documentation for this.

    You are better off starting a Windows Server setup from scratch in this scenario.


    Daniel B IT Technician / Network Administrator
    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 12:40 PM
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    Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:56 AM
  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:57 AM
  • Interesting... Unless I missed it, the Microsoft documentation does not mention removing ISA in the pre-migration steps. This is well documented by Susan B, Chad C, and Kevin W.

    Thanks, Bill V

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:46 PM
  • I have a question about migrating from SBS2003 to SBS2011.

    I currently run SBS2003 and I have purchased a new server with SBS2011.  I want to migrate everything from SBS2003 to SBS2011, but I do not want to demote the SBS2003.  It will be taken out of service, but used as a spare.  I would like the redundancy of having a hot-swappable server in case of failure.  I would like both servers to have the same name and everything so that if there is a problem with the SBS2011 server, I can simply power it down, and power up the SBS2003 server and everyone keeps working.  Is there any way to accomplish this?

    Thanks in advance!

    Shane Stevens

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:54 PM
  • NO, there is no way to accomplish that.
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:11 AM
  • For all those looking to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011, don't just print the instructions and walk in expecting to get this done quickly.  You really need to evaluate whether it is in your best interest to migrate or to move the data over manually.  Go over the instructions carefully and make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into.  I have found it to be easier on more than one occassion to simply back up and restore the users emails using the import/export feature in Outlook and move data into newly created users folders rather than try to go through the migration process.

    The migration process is very time consuming and extremely prone to failure. 

    Just my two cents, if less than 10 employees and the users can be down a day, manually moving is far easier and less prone to problems.


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:58 PM
  • It's only prone to failure if you haven't taken the time to review the SBS 2003.  Run that preflight checklist and it's not prone to failure. 

    (my two cents)

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:02 PM
  • I just completed an SBS 2003 ro SBS 2011 migration.  All preflight checklist was done (took 8 hours to resolve issues on SBS 2003 that was left by previous vendor) and still am resolving issues related to migration.  I currently have one post up and am getting ready to put up a second.  When you look at the volume of steps that are required the potential for human geek failure is large.  When you read around the web the vast number of problems that are experienced (primarily from human geek failure) and combine that with my standard answer for personal OS upgrades (which is you are almost always further ahead to wipe and install the new os fresh so that you don't bring any problems with you) it seems like a no brainer to me.

    Again my main point is don't assume migration ins the only way.  Evaluate both approaches thoroughly and make the best choice. 


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:09 PM
  • You are dealing with active directory and Exchange and it's not the same as a personal computer.   Exporting and importing out the email impacts the data and indexing.  Even with under 10, depending on how they use Exchange, clean is not always the best.  I agree that it can be evaluated, but I honestly and strongly believe you can't put this down to number of users.  You have to look at what other applications are hooked into AD, and the Exchange situation.

     This is the preflight I'm talking about.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:16 PM
  • I would not argue with you on number of users and had you made that your initial response I would not have continued the discussion.  With the exception of the videos all the preflight was done and all of the verifying the state of the SBS 2003 prior to beginning the migration was done and I still had (and am having) days of headaches related to issues that would not have existed had I imported/exported and moved data.  I followed the SBS2003 to SBS2011 Standard migration to the letter. 

    Again my main point is truly evaluate your current install and don't assume migration is the only way.  The preflight will certainly help that evaluation process.


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:26 PM
  • By the way, thanks for the link to the hairclub, I now need it! :)


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:27 PM
  • I have been reading over the migration documents and the various links and I am beginning to wonder if it would be easier to do as Acupro mentioned.  I am ready to replace my personal SBS 2003 server with only two users and in the next couple of months do the same for a friends business with 10 users.  For my own server, exporting the mail for two users and robocopying the data and setting up the two user accounts seems like way less trouble than the migration. And while it would be a pain to do 10 users, still seems easier than migrating since there are no group policy's or websites etc to move.  Seems like it may be safer as I could get the new server up before removing the old server ..or am I missing something?  Also Thanks for all the info as this is a great site!
    Saturday, May 05, 2012 8:46 PM
  • Personally, I think 'migration' is preferable for as small a group as 5 users.

    There is though a valid argument here about 'Susan's sister's Disney themed desktop', the cost/complexity of migration needing to be compared to the cost of 'profile migration' (through other mechanism) or the simple act of informing users 'I'll give you what is easily done but you will have to deal with the tweaks yourself'.

    For my money, anyone deciding to perform such change without prior migration experience should head on over to I would have to ask Jeff (for full disclosure it must be recognised that yes, I do consider Jeff a friend) but I'm fairly sure he has a substantial 'repeat purchase' rate with even those who learn what is fundamentally more 'process', and easily repeated through different scenario, than 'product' purchasing a 'kit' for each such project even though the previously used process would cover the greater portion of the new.

    Saturday, May 05, 2012 10:36 PM
  • Can I post from my iPhone? IMHO if you run diagdns and exhange 2010 prep you should n Be good for anything
    Sunday, May 06, 2012 12:05 AM
  • Hi Susan,  I am not sure I followed your answer. Could you elaborate further please? Thanks
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:01 AM
  • I was testing posting from my iphone and it worked.

    I'd run diagdns tool and then the Exchange 2010 prep tool to be certain you are ready to go.

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 4:46 AM
  • Ok Thanks Susan.
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 6:56 PM
  • Gil,

    I have done it both ways.  Things to look at include:

    1) How much custom configuring was done on the SBS 2003 to get it to current configuration?  How long will it take to recreate those manly rather than import.

    2) Can the server be down or is it mission critical (although from my experience it is still possible that the server will go down during migration, theoretically it should not)?

    3) Number of users as mail export can be time consuming.  The simplest way I have found to move mail is import/export tool in outlook.  This way you can install a clean install of SBS 2011, create your users, connect your computers and then import the mail in.  It works seemlessly and flawlessly and does not result in wierd email issues after migration (which I am still dealing with see my other posts).

    4) Are you using SQL for anything other than SBS monitoring?

    5) Are you willing to start fresh with Sharepoint?

    I moved a 8 user client in 3 hours manually and took 2 weeks (actually longer because I am still having issues) using Migration for 5.  Sometimes geeks make things harder than it has to be IMHO.


    Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:03 PM
  • Gil,

    One other question that plays into this, is, are you replacing the desktops at the same time?  If so you can almost build the entire SBS 2011 network before arriving on site and it really is easier to import rather than migrate, IMHO.


    Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:05 PM
  • Hey Chris,

    Would you mind if I shot you an email on this since I don't see an PM feature on this forum?



    Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:26 PM
  • Sure!


    Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Thanks Chris,

    I don't see an email address under your profile so mine is my first and last name at

    Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:37 PM
  • I have found many documents relating to migrating, but I am setting up a new domain to replace a peer to peer network, and cannot find anything regarding the process. Is there anything out there?
    Friday, May 11, 2012 12:16 PM