SBS 2003 and beyond

November 13, 2008  11:06 PM

Have you checked out SCVMM 2008 yet?

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I know I have promised the last part of the Standard Server 2003 to SBS 2008 migration but I am working on it yet.
Has anyone had a chance to try out the new SCVMM 2008. I did and it is going to be a very useful tool for those who are running HyperV or Virtual Server 2005 or VMware ESX and want to do P2V or V2V migrations.

I have a customer who we have been slowly moving them to a HP c7000 enclosure with a mixture of BL 460c servers for Terminal Servers and a Exchange 2007 Server and a BL 480c servers for our HyperV Host machine. I had been using Storage Craft Shadow protect to backup the physical machines and then restoring them into the HyperV Environment and that has been working really well for me.

That has nothing on SCVMM 2008 where it took me probably 3 hours to move over took me 20 minutes and I really didn’t have to do anything here it seemed like a couple of clicks and getting the settings correct for the Guest machine for CPU’s and memory and boom it was moved over and up and running. I was excited as this will save a lot of time. Even moving a V2V went really well. So if you are into HyperV and want a great tool to manage your Virtual Machines better check it out.

Till Later just Roger

November 11, 2008  4:46 PM

Exchange 2007 SP1 Sending email problem with OWA and Outlook

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I know I mentioned that I would be finishing up my post of the migration from Srandard Server 2003 to SBS 2008 but I am still working on that but this will apply to SBS 2008 also because it is running Exchange 2007 SP1.

What I run into today was I had a customer who called and they have Exchange 2007 SP1 and they could not send email from OWA or Outlook everything would end up in their Drafts folder. Which if you think about it true as when you send a email it goes through the Drafts folder then on. So any email sent would stop at the Drafts folder when they sent email. What I found was that the Hub Transport on the Server requires 4 Gigs of drive space to send email or you will see the deal I was with the email stopping in the Drafts folder. I found that the drive that the Exchange was installed to had only 1.61 Gigs of drive space. So I cleared up some room on the drive and then restarted the Exchange Transport Service and away the email went problem solved and life was good.

What had happened was the customer had moved a large amount of files over to that drive to store and about filed it up. They are moving them somewhere else as I type so this won’t happen again.

Til later just Roger

November 9, 2008  2:26 AM

Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 2

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I was going to finish this with the continued migration but thought we should talk about some of the system requirements for the SBS 2008 Server before we continue. On the SBS 2008 Servers I am specing we start with 8 Gig of RAM as the base and then adding memory from there depending upon the amount of users and what the server will be doing. I am also going with dual Quad Core CPU’s as these are getting cheaper. I am also doing a RAID 6 for the Server OS and DATA and apps and doing 2 drives in a mirrored set for use as the destination drive for the Exchange 2007 Continuous Replication which is basically a copy of the Databases and the logs files for disaster recovery which I will cover more on this at a later time.

We sell HP Proliant Servers and mainly the ML 350 G5’s at the moment so you have the ability of having 6 Drives for OS and DATA and the 2 for the Exchange Replication set. I know there is thoughts out there to do a mirrored set of 2 Drives for OS and then doing more drives for your data RAID 5/6 . I am still not sold on that train of thought as I have had WAY too many mirrored drives sets die where it takes the whole server down. You must remember these as small businesses that don’t necessarily check there server everyday or even at all and might not notice one of the Mirrored drives go bad and then have the remaining one go bad on you. That does not leave you in a good position so if you are running OS and Data on one RAID 6 drive set to me you are in a better position for that not happening.

Like I have said this is just my opinion and what I am going with and everyone will have their own opinions on what to spec or not to or how much and why. I am just going with what works for me and works well for me and my customers. Part 3 will be coming soon and we will finish the migration.

Till Later just Roger

November 7, 2008  2:12 AM

Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 1

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I know there is not anything out there yet on moving a 2003 Server domain to a SBS 2008 Server so I thought I would share my experience. I just finished one and it went really smoothly. It helped I had been through a few migrations from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 already in my lab ok a few hundred or so and in the real world 4 or 5 so far so I just kind of modified that and went blazing ahead.

One thing on this if you have Exchange 2003 in your enviroment you need to make sure the Exchange server is set to Native Mode and not Mixed Mode. This is one of the steps you have to do when migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and Thanks to Jamesmc for pointing this out on here. This article was just for doing a Standard 2003 server to SBS 2008 without Exchange in the Enviroment but because some of you could be using this to move from a 2003 domain with Exchange 2003 to SBS 2008 I better add this.


Steps I followed are below and I will put the disclaimer on here this is what I did and it worked for me but everyone’s circumstances and networks will be different so what I have done might not work well for your environment or circumstances. Also be very aware that you want to verify any LOB Apps that you might be moving to the SBS 2008 Server will be able to run on the server. Not all will work with a 64 Bit Server so do your due diligence and verify your Apps. If it is just a application running off the server from a file share you are pretty much good to go but the rest you will want to verify with the Software Company or from setting up a actual Test SBS 2008 Server and testing the LOB.

1. Updated Source Server i.e. existing 2003 Standard Server to latest Service packs and Windows Updates including Windows .Net Frameworks 2.0

2. Once this completed do a full backup of the server in my case I did 2 in this case the customer was using the built-in NTBackup so I ran this and did a full system backup. Once this is completed I downloaded and installed the Storage Craft Shadow Protect server works great and is a 30 day trial. Did another complete backup to a External USB Drive once finished unplug your USB Drive and set aside for emergencies.

3. I Updated the Domain and the forest to 2003 Native and you can do this by opening Active Directory Users and Computers right clicking on your domain and then selecting Raise Domain Functional level and choosing 2003 Native. Unless you have older Domain controllers in the domain then you will have to upgrade them to 2003 Server or take them off the domain. You would want to verify this before proceeding as it could be a show stopper. In this case it was just one 2003 Server so I was good to go. To Update the forest you open up Active Directory Domains and Trusts right click on the Top Level and select Raise Forest Functional Level and raise this to 2003 Native.

4. Once this has been completed I checked the DNS Settings on the NIC and also on any forwarders and removed the forwarders and made sure on the NIC it was pointing to the Source Server IP only and nothing outside the network i.e. ISP’s DNS servers or a Router that might be handling the DNS for the network. Also if you have a Router handing out DHCP I would really suggest moving this to your Source Server and let the new SBS 2008 Server moved this over in the migration process to itself off the Source Server. I just believe that the SBS Server needs to be handling the DHCP and also DNS for the domain and not some Router but that is my opinion.

5. At this point I rebooted the server and then checked the Event log to make sure there is no problems with AD i.e. a Journal Wrap Error or anything like this that might affect the migration in anyway. Once you are comfortable that the Server and the domain is healthy and you have fixed any problems you had then on to the next steps.

Part 2 to come tomorrow

Til later just Roger

November 5, 2008  12:00 AM

Welcome to SBS 2003 and Beyond

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

Welcome to my Blog, I plan on writing about what I run into on my everyday travels supporting Small Businesses and SBS 2003 or SBS 2008. I plan on talking about the new migration method to move to SBS 2008 from a SBS 2003 Server or even straight up Server 2003 which I have already done and will be posting how that went. Plus I will be covering whatever else I run into out here in the real world concerning IT and sometimes just thoughts at random.

Speaking of which have you ever wondered how people come up with the signatures you see on emails. This all came about as my wife asked me what my title was at work. My answer was just Roger and she goes no what do they call you. Well I am sure many different names I have been called but I just consider myself a IT guy/ Engineer. Well after that conversation I started to pay attention to different emails and you see a plethora of different titles people have on their names. I have visions of Animal House and the pledges getting named. I now name you Otter, I now name you…… you get the drift so is there a same type of mystical being out there for email signatures…. I now name you Lead Engineer, I now name you Infrastructure Engineer, I now name you Never Miss Lunch……..

Till later just Roger

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