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What is the preferred method for upgrading Workstations on a SBS2008 network. RRS feed

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  • I have a small network consisting of a switch, a hardware firewall, a Windows Small Business Server 2008 box, four networked printers and about 5 workstations. The boss just purchased 5 new workstations and wants everyone upgraded from their old PCs to the shiny new ones and then he wants the old pcs re-purposed around the office for guest use.

    What is the preferred method to accommodate this?

    I am hesitant to migrate users because there are lots of problems on my network as the result of installing and uninstalling Windows Forefront Security and Windows Live One Care. Plus, my users are not that proficient at Windows and they all fear any change at all, so this is not going to be easy.

    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 5:18 AM

Answers

  • If it were me, with only 5 people to move, I'd just use the Windows Easy Transfer.  Move their files and settings to the new PCs either directly or using a USB hard drive.  You'll get a fresh OS, their old familiar profile, and their files moved for them; and you'll get to re-install only those apps that make sense on fresh the fresh OS installs.


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:10 PM
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 12:39 PM
  • Backup data from My Documents, Desktop, and Favorites, and any folders that were created on the root of the hard drives installed in the computer.  Also grab the NK2 file for Outlook.  If any security certificates exist, make sure you export these pressing Windows Key + R, typing MMC, and adding a Local Computer and Currently Logged In user console.  Browse the personal store, and backup any certificates, making sure you include the primary key and all necessary certificates along the certification path.  Bring these files over to the new machine.  I honestly haven't seen much more of a need for backing up documents, files, and settings on any network.  I find fresh installations to be best when old settings are not brought over from other machines, and I'm sure people have had varying experiences.  Based on your input, you do not want to bring over application settings, so I feel this may be the best way.
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:10 PM
    Friday, April 23, 2010 5:11 PM

All replies

  • If it were me, with only 5 people to move, I'd just use the Windows Easy Transfer.  Move their files and settings to the new PCs either directly or using a USB hard drive.  You'll get a fresh OS, their old familiar profile, and their files moved for them; and you'll get to re-install only those apps that make sense on fresh the fresh OS installs.


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:10 PM
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 12:39 PM
  • Backup data from My Documents, Desktop, and Favorites, and any folders that were created on the root of the hard drives installed in the computer.  Also grab the NK2 file for Outlook.  If any security certificates exist, make sure you export these pressing Windows Key + R, typing MMC, and adding a Local Computer and Currently Logged In user console.  Browse the personal store, and backup any certificates, making sure you include the primary key and all necessary certificates along the certification path.  Bring these files over to the new machine.  I honestly haven't seen much more of a need for backing up documents, files, and settings on any network.  I find fresh installations to be best when old settings are not brought over from other machines, and I'm sure people have had varying experiences.  Based on your input, you do not want to bring over application settings, so I feel this may be the best way.
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:10 PM
    Friday, April 23, 2010 5:11 PM
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