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SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues

So those of you that have gone through a SBS 2008 migration, David has some questions to ask of you.  And this is where that feedback loop comes into play.  While if you are not UK based, you don’t have to flood David’s mailbox, you can still post in the various community venues or even in the comments on this blog some of the key things you’ve experienced and you feel should be looked at/addressed/discussed.


I see the health of AD to be a big sticking point for some folks as well.  What have you seen?


SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration thoughts and issues – David Overton’s Blog – David Overton’s Blog and Discussion Site:
http://davidoverton.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2009/01/19/sbs-2003-to-sbs-2008-migration-thoughts-and-issues.aspx

I’ve been part of a lively debate on the Yahoo UK SBS Group about how to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and what the issues are.  The information I have so far is good, but I need much more to take it to the product teams.

For sure, the issues so far are:

   * Concerns around the “state” of AD before a migration is started –
     how do you check it – look at this blog post
    
<http://davidoverton.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2009/01/19/active-directory-health-check-make-sure-your-ad-is-healthy-before-you-migrate-sbs-2003-to-sbs-2008.aspx>

   * Concerns around the Exchange migration in terms of time taken and
     failure scenarios – how to remove the chances of this?
   * Concerns around “on-site” versus “off-site” strategies
   * Concerns around recovery options in the event of failures (restore
     from backup not being ideal if you want it diagnosed)

My problem is that I have no data to take to the Microsoft product teams, which means I can’t ask them to fix things so this is a two fold open invitation.

  1. If you have had an issue, share it via comments below, but also
     PLEASE e-mail (
doverton@microsoft.com
    
<mailto:doverton@microsoft.com?subject=migration%20issues>) as
     well so I can get in touch with you and potentially the product
     teams too.  If you put your mail in the blog then others can see
     it.  You are also welcome to just e-mail me, but then there will
     not be discussion in public, which might be a shame.
  2. Share other concerns so I can get them documented and addressed,
     but also use the Microsoft support – you can always send me the SR
     numbers if you want me to tie them together.

That is it – may the knowledge sharing continue!






2 comments ↓

  • #   David Overton on 01.22.09 at 3:30 am     

    Hi Susan,

    I’ts been a while!!

    Thanks for this. So far I’ve had just 3 e-mails and 1 comment. While I thought this was a hot topic that needed product group help, perhaps I was wrong!

    More feedback is good as far as I’m concerned.

    ttfn

    David


  • #   Dale Unroe on 02.05.09 at 4:50 pm     

    According to the official v2 migration white paper the only pre-migration health check needed for AD is the SBS Best Practices Analyzer Tool. I assume this means that it includes all the necessary DCDIAG, Repmon, …etc checks as it implies that if you are migrating from Server 2003 then you need to run those components.

    For what its worth, I’ve been advised that you can download the EBS AD Health Check Tool and run that against your SBS 2003 box as another checker.