Category Archives: Migration

SBS 2003 update to Windows Server 2012 and Exchange 2013

SBS 2003 update to Windows Server 2012 and Exchange 2013 – Microsoft Partners Forum:
http://partnersupport.microsoft.com/en-us/mpndataplat/forum/mpncatwinsvr-mpnwssmbus/sbs-2003-update-to-windows-server-2012-and/499573d9-3408-4683-884b-a0b380c2793b


From your description, I understand that you want to know the best way to migrate the nine users’ mailboxes during the migration from SBS2003 to Windows Server 2012 Standard with Exchange2013.



Please correct me if there is any misunderstanding.



Based on my experience, to migrate SBS2003 to Windows Server 2012 Standard, you can refer the steps below:



1. Install Server 2012 on the new server, join to the SBS2003 domain. ( Upgrade the schema, domain function level, forest function level on the old server with new Windows Server 2012 Standard DVD disc)


2. Promote it to a domain controller, make it a global catalog server and a DNS Server


3. Wait for everything to replicate > move your data from the older SBS2003 to the new Windows Server 2012 machine.


4. Install DHCP on the new server (same scope as the SBS 2011), then shut down DHCP on the SBS server and activate on the new server


5. Transfer the FSMO roles


6. Uninstall Exchange from the SBS2003 Server


7. Demote the SBS2003 server out of the domain


8. Shut down the SBS server and remove it from the network.


9. Install Exchange 2013 on a member server machine in your Windows Server 2012 domain network.



For the nine users’ mailboxes on the Exchange2003 (SBS2003), we can let users export their mailbox data to a local PST file from Outlook client. After that, we can uninstall Exchange2003 on SBS2003 machine (step 6 above), then create the corresponding Exchange mailboxes using the AD users informations which is replicated from the older SBS2003 server. Once it is done, when users open Outlook and connected to the new Exchange 2013 server, they can import the local PST file to their mailbox directly.



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Susan comment…yuck pst export?


Don’t forget to copy the nk2 files as well as show me an email user and I’ll show you someone who thinks their address book is the autocomplete info. 


I see a lot of folks though using clean install and/or exports of psts as a way to move from Exchange 2003

How to read a failure

When you do a migration and the Exchange setup fails, there’s a trick to reading the log file.


Open up the Exchange setup log file and scroll ALLLLLL the way to the bottom.


Now look for a place in the log file where the items indent –



I’ve highlighted the indentation area you should look for as the clue of where the barfage occured.


Right above that indentation is where you should look for hints for errors.  Look for some key phrases and words and google/bingle the words.


In this case there was an email address policy that was causing the block  “on Address List or Email Address Policy “ABC Email Address” is invalid”.


But the key is scrolling all the way to the bottom and reading from the bottom up.

SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success

SBS 2011 Standard Migrations – Keys to Success – The Official SBS Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/07/01/sbs-2011-standard-migrations-keys-to-success.aspx

What is the number one absofreakinglutely way you can have a successful migration?


HAVE A BACKUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If I had a dime for every migration where when I asked the person if they had a backup, they say no, I’d have a LOT of dimes, lemme tell ya.


A quick fast manualy system state backup can save your bacon more often than you would think.


(and the url of www.sbsmigrationtips.com now redirects to that url)

Updated migration docs on the download site tonight

Updated migration docs on the download site tonight


Download details: Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2008:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=cc2c9081-6ffc-4c8b-80e9-c15fc7ad2585&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center%29#tm

Download details: Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard to New Hardware:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=05ed8e74-55e9-4eb1-8ab7-ff074c5c7adf&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center%29#tm


and


Download details: Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d40dcc5b-8f97-49e2-ae79-9c7a7a69dec4&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MicrosoftDownloadCenter+%28Microsoft+Download+Center%29#tm

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

Download details: Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2003:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ea184914-6445-4d7a-a432-927e6880dcd0


Published: February 2011


Version: 11.02.23


Changes include:


Page 6 – expanded terms and definitions – now talks about primary and second server.


Page 15 – Removed a section that talked about migrating from SBS 2008 and downloading a prep tool.


Page 23 – Moved the guidance about migrating a custom DHCP scope (including static IPs) from your source server to your destination server.


Page 30 – Moved the guidance about the migration of DHCP from here.


Page 34 – Discusses optimizing network infrastructure to reduce time to migrate mailboxes to 1.0 GBPS network connections.


Page 58 – Title fixed up.


Page 69 – Removed reference to nextref_sbs.


 


Items that are still needed (in my opinion)


Page 37 – Info on how to speed up replication on public folders


Page 39 – In the section on skip the corrupted messages, recommend that the value of skipped messages needs to be less than 50 otherwise you’ll have to do it via PowerShell.


Page 42 – Needs to note that when you are told to delete out the Small Business Server Update services Computer policy, Common Settings policy and Server computer policy, you will only see these if you migrate from SBS 2003 R2.  If you never installed the R2, you didn’t have these WSUS policies.  The new WSUS policies installed by SBS 2011 look really close and it’s just a little bit confusing.

Download and have them ready


Nice idea from Tim “No geek left behind”.  Take those downloads that you need for each SBS 2011 migration and bundle them into an ISO for easy install.


You’ll need http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=188529 and http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=188528

How to Remove the Last Legacy Exchange Server from an Organization in a SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 migration

Working on the step in the migration documentation where they kinda throw you off the cliff and tell you to go follow this:


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb288905(EXCHG.80).aspx


Which, while it’s the steps you need to do, it kinda feels a little bit like you are up without a net.


Not quite completed but I’ve wiki-fied the instructions with screen shots so you can tell where you are supposed to be at and what is needed.


How to Remove the Last Legacy Exchange Server from an Organization in a SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 migration – TechNet Articles – Home – TechNet Wiki:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/how-to-remove-the-last-legacy-exchange-server-from-an-organization-in-a-sbs-2003-to-sbs-2011-migration.aspx

As a benchmark…


On a non fast, overgrown desktop HyperV, 563KB of  a mailbox moved in 3 minutes.

Checking where your Exchange 2010 folders are pointing to


Another public folder troubleshooting tip from Philip Elder… go into Exchange 2010, into the toolbox.  Then launch the public folder tool.  Now on the right hand side where the folders are listed, right mouse click, go into properties, then into replication and check that the public folder is pointing to the new server not the old.

More Public folder replication troubleshooting

More Public folder replication troubleshooting… even though it is 2007 it may help us in the 2010 era…


You Had Me At EHLO… : Public Folder Replication Troubleshooting – Part 1: Troubleshooting the Replication of New Changes:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/01/17/417611.aspx
You Had Me At EHLO… : Public Folder Replication Troubleshooting – Part 2: Troubleshooting the Replication of Existing Data:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/01/19/417737.aspx
You Had Me At EHLO… : Public Folder Replication Troubleshooting – Part 3: Troubleshooting Replica Deletion and Common Problems:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/01/23/417974.aspx
You Had Me At EHLO… : Public Folder Replication Troubleshooting – Part 4: Exchange Server 2007 tips:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/01/10/447843.aspx