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Active Directory and Exchange Migration

By rx800 ·
Hi everyone. I need to know how to migrate settings and data from:

Exchange 2003, AD 2003 runned at Windows Server 2003 to

Exchange 2003, AD 2003 runned at Windows Small Business Server.

Anyway, it's this possible to do this?

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by Monice In reply to Active Directory and Exch ...

Why would you want to migrate TO Windows SBS? Usually people are migrating from SBS. Just curious.

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by rx800 In reply to Why?

Because I don't have valid windows server license expired and I have only SBS license now (from MAPS subscription)

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Oh Ok

by Monice In reply to license

I second CGs recommendation for the swing migration.

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by rx800 In reply to Oh Ok

but swing migration is a non-free solution

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Swing Migration

by CG IT In reply to Active Directory and Exch ...

Here's a link

This really works without a lot of hickups you can experience with ADMT and Exmerge. Well worth the $$.

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by rx800 In reply to Swing Migration

i think that $200 is too much for me

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Then you use ADMT and Exmerge

by CG IT In reply to $$

that's about the only "free" tools to migrate between AD domains. It's what their for.

note: use different netbios names for the domains. if you don't you won't be able to use the ADMT and Exmerge to migrate. If will see both domains as the same domain and therefore only show one domain as the source domain and no target domain.

Also, have users backup their mailboxes to PST files to a flash drive, thumb drive, external drive, DVD, CD or some such and clean out their mailboxes [no mail, no contacts, no calendar, no anything in Outlook]. It will take hours and hours to migrate over users mailboxs if there is stuff in it and most importantly, there's always hickups and you probably will lose some user data. Tell them this before you do your migration so they can't complain if they lose stuff after the migration. They were warned.

Another word of caution, W2003 server cals and SBS server cals are different. Their not cross platform cals. Make sure you have done your research on cals and you have the ones you need. other wise your stuck with the 5 preloaded cals until you buy more. Also, read up on how to add cals to SBS box. different than standard W2003 server.

Note: if you have never worked with ADMT and Exmerge, I suggest that you do a dry run. By that, I mean you do the ADMT and Exmerge but you do not do anything to the old production server until your sure the new one works right. setup a workstation as a test one [any old computer will do] and keep the new SBS box on it's own subnet [and everyone else still uses the old production network] until your sure you got everything working right.

One last word of caution. you might have to do some juggling around of users in OUs. ADMT doesn't put migrated users in the correct OU for SBS therfore some of the GPOs and shares for users in SBS won't work. using the SBS console to make user accounts puts users in the My Business/Users/SBS Users OU. ADMT will just stick em in the top level users OU.

Last but not least, if you don't have a lot of users, it might just be easier to have users backup everything [including outlook]to DVD/CDs/Flash Drives and just create em in the new SBS box then restore user stuff to their new profiles from the backups. This is probably the fastest and easiest method unless you have an existing domain setup that's complex. If you have a complex setup, then the question becomes why go to SBS at all.

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few steps leter

by rx800 In reply to Then you use ADMT and Exm ...

i can migrate exchange data and accounts without any problem. (with file server too)

But i don't realy know how to migrate AD

Is this posible to REPLICATE windows serwer (ad, dhcp, dns) to sbs? and second question: when i do this is this work without basic server? (onlly this replicated one as domain controler)

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sure but you have to transfer all roles....

by CG IT In reply to few steps leter

but with SBS, it's best to migrate to a new instance of SBS.

Basic server? if you mean you wish to migrate from SBS to Windows Server 2003 standard edition, there is a whole upgrade path rather than migration path.

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by rx800 In reply to sure but you have to tran ...

no, i mean that the basic server is my old server :)

ok, so can you help me in what orded i must do this?

- shared files
- windows ad users
- windows ad preferencies
- dns, dhcp tables
- exchange data


Are you realy think that i can replicate data between winServ and SBS?

If you think - yes: How to do this. SBS after instalation runs configuration wizard, and i must set the domain name and host (he think that he will be domain controler). How to set it for replication?

I must find some manuals about replication from WNSERV to SBS

Is this replication (WIN > SBS) are much difrent that typical migration (WIN > WIN)


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