Do you have a build document?

On December 4, 2009, in Migrationextras, by

So officially demoted my SBS 2003 box tonight (sniff sniff, it served me well for five years) and once again, the first time I ran the dcpromo the netlogon service wouldn’t shut down.  I just went into the service, shut it off and then the server dcpromo’d down.

I went back to my own recap of blog posts (which reminds me I need to add to) as my guidance.  See you guys think I blog to entertain you and gain brownie points with the Mini Cooper management so I can become a Mini Cooper MVP?  Wrong.  I do it for me because it helps me understand and document what I’ve done.  Go back to November of 2004 and that’s the tasks I did when I built my SBS 2003.

To you this is a blog.  To me, it was my build document.  As I did a true dry run of my exact network migration from start to finish.  So when I hit those slight little roadblocks along the way… like the pdf file with the messed up permissions that stopped the robocopy from copying over that I fixed ahead of time by merely deleting the file since I didn’t need it.   Like the fact that on the final step where the dcpromo got stuck on netlogon service still running and not shutting down, I went “oh yea, I blogged about that, just turn off the service and try it again”

And it reminds me that we need/you need/we all need to have a build document.  A plan of action.  A document that provides you guildance all the way from start to finish to patching.

Something that takes those documents and make them your own.


One Response to Do you have a build document?

  1. Bill V says:

    This is a blog…? Your guidance, insight, er, uh… ‘omnipotence’ keeps the rest of us SBS’rs on track. Thanks Susan…