Friday, May 13, 2011

Finally done the migration

First of all the program that Microsoft supplies to write the anwserfile to start migration mode on SBS 2008 names it incorrectly. All lowercase is what is required.
Using a USB stick with the anwser file is fraught with difficulties as Windows tries to install itself on there. The solution is to remove the USB stick when Windows starts the install, and then replace it when it looks for the answer file, although working that out is pure guesswork.
Microsoft were extremely unhelpful with this problem looking for £200 just to hear the problem which is a bit much considering the cost of the program.
I always though that the price of software reflected the level of support you get.
Microsoft fails miserably on this.

Once the migration started it was a piece of cake.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Windows SBS 2003 migration to Windows SBS 2008

I am doing a migation at the moment of an old 2003 installation to a new fast server with SBS 2008.

I have just finished the update downloading and settings changes asked for in the SBS Best Practices Analyser Tool. I have changed the old server's network settings to a single NIC card configuration from the 2 card setup. (1 to Firewall, 1 to LAN).
Tommorrow I will reinstall SBS 2008 with the aim of migrating in situ.

I will come on line and blog my progress tomorrow.