I just got back from the trip around to 4 of our locations between Iowa and Kansas and Missouri taking the techs through the migration process from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and also showing them the product for the first time. I think this was a great benefit to our guys as it lets them see what you have to be aware of and to begin planning the process on how it will fit for them and their customers who will be getting this.
There is things you need to make sure of before you begin the migration process and that starts at the pre sales meeting with the customer and not when you show up on site to do the install. We discussed the many different scenarios that will be seen.
1. Migration to new Hardware
2. Using the same server to migrate to and this involves backing up and restoring your existing machine on to a Temp Server and then migrating back to your existing hardware if it can support a 64 bit OS. We have customers who have gotten a new server that is currently running SBS 2003 that they have SA and will want to use the same hardware as it is new.
3. Keeping the same existing server name on the new server and this is being looked at by migrating to SBS 2008 on a temp server with a new name and then doing a SBS 2008 to SBS 2008 migration to the new server with the old server name.
As you cans see there is some different ways to migrate and also that you needed to run the SBS 2003 BPA on the source server when you do that initial pre sales visit with your Sales person. You need to know the health of the server you will be migrating from and also it’s patch level as the Server will have to be all up to date with all patches and Service Packs and also the Net.Framwork 2.0 so the Source Tool will run and also using the BPA to make sure the different parts of your source server is healthy. This will give you a idea on how much time you will need to get the server ready for the migration process. I cannot stress this enough that the BPA needs to be clean before you continue.
It was a good trip as each location feed me well and it was great to get the chance to show what it really takes to do a migration as we did one at each location and they all went successful. Green Check marks are good once you are finished.
Til later just Roger