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  • Too much information to digest :) I have read the white papers and even tried a couple of SBSXXXX to SBS 2011 Standard migrations but most of my customers are running Windows 2003 Standard server (no Exchange or SQL) and they would be more ideally suited to SBS 2011 Standard.

    I have been told that you can temporarily join a SBS 2011 Standard box to a Windows 2003 AD, transfer the FSMO roles from the 2003 PDC back to the SBS 2011 Standard box and then DC Promo the 2003 box and make it a member server. Is this true and if so can someone point me to some documentation on doing it?



    Monday, June 27, 2011 9:39 PM

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  • Review the SBS2003 to SBS2011 migration documents. That will be the way to upgrade your installation. And this will be easier, since you do not have to deal with Exchange in this migration process.
    Regards, Boon Tee - PowerBiz Solutions, Australia - http://blog.powerbiz.net.au
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:29 AM
  • Hi,


    Thank you for your post.


    Just as Boon said, In the base the migration is the same as migrating from SBS 2003. You have to prepare your windows 2003 server and install the SBS server in migration mode.


    Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2003:



    Best Regards,

    James Zou

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:01 AM
  •   OK. As mentioned I have migrated a SBS 2003 to SBS 2011. Since this Windows 2003 Standard has no Exchange Server you are saying to follow the exact same procedure but skip all the Exchange Steps right? This won't mess anything up on the new, fresh, clean SBS box will it?



    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:17 PM
  • If you have a fresh clean SBS2011, then it is too late to migrate. You have to start the installation of SBS 2011 in migration mode.
    Regards, Boon Tee - PowerBiz Solutions, Australia - http://blog.powerbiz.net.au
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:19 PM
  •    What I really meant by that was .. upgrades and migrations have notoriously not gone well. I don't want to migrate if it is going to do more harm then good. Windows 2003 Standard (No Exchange) to SBS 2011 does not appear to be a "standard" migration and I don't want to cause more harm then good. By "Fresh clean SBS2011" I mean "Fresh clean SBS 2011" not harmed or altered by the migration.
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:26 AM