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SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Swing migration

Discussion in 'Networks' started by DC Pr0Mo, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. DC Pr0Mo

    DC Pr0Mo Kilobyte Poster

    Hi Guys

    We a have a client who wants to upgrade their current SBS Server, The current domain is SBS 2003 and will be upgraded to SBS 2011, they also have a Terminal server on the same site and a additional Domain controller at a remote site connected via hardware VPN.

    I have been looking into the various option on achieving the upgrade, the client would like to keep the existing domain so its either a Migration Microsoft style or a SBS swing migration.

    Has anyone used Swing migration before with a additional Domain Controller either on site or at a remote site? The swing migration web site doesn't really mention this and as the remote DC will be plugged into the network during the whole migration process I feel this may cause issue. I'm thinking of maybe demoting the remote DC to a member server then promote back when the server is introduced to the network.

    I am a bit reluctant to purchase a swing kit until i know if the remote DC will cause an issue.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    I've done a few migrations like this mate. Follow the MS guide to migrate (you basically run a source prep tool on the SBS 2003 box and then boot the SBS 2011 box with an answer file) as its free! :)

    The other DC will be fine but make sure you decommission the SBS 2003 server correctly, you need to uninstall exchange and then demote the server back to being a member server.
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