70-282 exam cram: Server-side migration in SBS 2003

Harryb here – publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt – and this is a virtual book reading. The topic is to LISTEN to your clients!

Upgrade and Migrations

This section discusses upgrade and migration approaches applicable to the 70- 282 exam. It is recommended that you read this carefully!

In-Place Upgrade from Small Business Server 2000 to Small Business Server 2003

An in-place upgrade to Small Business Server 2003 can be done from:

1. Windows Small Business Server 2000

2. Windows 2000 Server

3. Windows Server 2003

Coming from Windows Small Business Server 4.5, NT4.0 or another operating system would be considered a migration and not an upgrade.

Upgrading a server is much less complex than performing a migration, less disruptive, and less expensive. On the other hand, when you perform an upgrade, you will retain junk data, forgotten accounts, incorrect settings and the pictures of someone’s grandchildren who quit the company three years ago.

Performing an in-place upgrade to Small Business Server 2003 is easy and will take little time if planned and implemented properly. Microsoft has “official” upgrade information on its public-facing Upgrading page at http://www. microsoft.com/sbs. Select the Technical Documentation link.

Preparing the Server

To ensure a smooth and painless upgrade, there are several items to be considered and steps to be taken. Prior to the upgrade you must:

1. Meet or exceed the minimum system requirements.

2.      Have an additional 2 GB hard drive space for temporary setup files.

3.      Install all necessary Service Packs and updates.

4.      Clear all fax and e-mail message queues.

5.      Run Disk Clean-up (cleanmgr.exe).

6.      Run Disk Defragmenter (Dfrg.msc).

7.      Log on as the administrator using the built-in Administrator account.

8.      Ensure you have SBS 2000 Service Pack 1 installed.

9.      Check for updated and compatible drivers.

10.  Check the latest BIOS.

11.  Disable the external NIC.

It is imperative that you plan and document the steps prior to the upgrade. Skipping steps and not taking the time to prepare the server properly can result in a fatal outcome. It will be helpful to prepare a disaster recovery plan ahead of time. Choose a time for the upgrade where downtime will create minimal disruption to the business.

IMPORTANT: It is recommended that you anti-virus scan all files and drives, except for the M:\ drive (Exchange) and perform a full, complete backup of the System State, data, and Exchange and verify the backup integrity. (Test restore.)

I’ll have more information about backup and restore in Chapter 8. When checking for compatibility issues, consider:

·                                          Third-Party Applications – check with the manufacturer.

·                       Device Drivers – replace aging devices that are not supported by SBS 2003.

·                                          Client Computers – Windows 95 clients and older should be axed. You must also remove discontinued Exchange components like:

1.      Microsoft Exchange MSMail Connector.

2.      Microsoft Exchange Connector for Lotus cc:Mail.

Chapter 5Installing Windows Small Business Server 2003

3.      Microsoft Exchange Instant Messaging Service.

4.      Microsoft Exchange Chat Service.

5.      Microsoft Exchange Key Management Service.

Removing Exchange components can be done in the Add/Remove Program panel by selecting Microsoft Small Business Server 2000, then choosing Change/Remove and running the SBS Setup Wizard to remove the Exchange components.

Now that you have prepped the server, let’s take a look at the clients.

IMPORTANT: Since Small Business Server 2000 does not have
Shadow Copy, boot into safe mode to run the backup. Fewer files
will be in use and there is a greater chance of a successful backup.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!



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