Today the SBS blog updated their “Success in SBS 2003 to 2008 Migration” blog post.

You know the blog post I say you should have tattooed to your forehead.  Well since is a bit long to be tattooing to anyone’s forehead, so I’ll make it easy for you.  You now only have to tattoo this on your forehead

Better than the teen with the too many stars on her face I suppose.

So now you have it……

And today it’s been updated for some NEW best tips…

O. Disable WSUS on Source domain prior to migration

If you have a deadline set for a Windows 2008 update in WSUS that is past-due, your SBS 2008 setup can fail when the update is automatically installed and the SBS 2008 server is rebooted.  Deadlines are not automatically set in SBS 2003 but can be set by the Admin through the native WSUS console.  We recommend disabling WSUS for the duration of the migration.

P. On the Source Server run the Exchange 2007 Readiness Check in the Exchange BPA

Q. Make sure the Admin account you are using for the migration has a STRONG password

Strong passwords must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Passwords cannot contain the user’s account name or parts of the user’s full name that exceed two consecutive characters.
  • Passwords must be at least six characters in length.
  • Passwords must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
    • English uppercase characters (A through Z).
    • English lowercase characters (a through z).
    • Base 10 digits (0 through 9).
    • Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %).

(I finally parked a godaddy redirect as basically I’m lazy and got tired of trying to google that blog post all the time)


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