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Migrating Windows 2003 Standard to Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 standard.

Migrating Windows 2003 Standard to Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 standard.

 Run a full backup on your MS 2003 standard server

  1. Make sure your domain has been  promoted to domain functional level and forest function level of Windows Server 2003.
    1. To upgrade open up Active Directory Domains  and Trustes
    2. Right click Active Directory Domains and Trusts and click Raise Forest Functional Level

                                    i.      Upgrade to windows server 2003

                                    ii.      This will upgrade your forest

  1. Now right click your domain and click raise domain functional level

                                     i.      Upgrade to windows server 2003

                                    ii.      This will upgrade your domain

  1. To verify everything is setup properly open up Active Directory Users and Computers
  2. Right click your domain and go to properties

                                     i.      Both domain and forest functional levels should have windows server 2003 underneath them

  1. Check event viewer and make sure there are no errors, especially dns or replication errors
  2. Stick in SBS 2008 disk 1 DVD into the Windows 2003 Standard server (source server)
    1. Open up a command prompt
    2. Change directories to cdrom drivetoolsadprep
    3. Run “adprep /forestprep”

                                      i.      Let this complete and make sure everything is successful

  1. Run “adprep /domainprep”

                                        i.      Let this complete and make sure everything is successful

  1. Run “adprep /domainprep gpprep”

                                        i.      Usually this wont run because the above commands did the trick

  1. Now open execute cdrom drive toolssourcetool.msi (this is a gui)
    1. Install the migration program
    2. After you install it run the wizard
  2. Now you will need to create an answer file
    1. You can now follow the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration guide provided by Microsoft.
    2. This document is located here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52b7ea63-78af-4a96-811e-284f5c1de13b&displaylang=en
    3. I started on page 17, but you are welcome to start at page 1

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