Prepare the clients for migrations [Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt]

Hiya folks – I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer that is all about preparing for the 70-282 exam. So – with the said – here is the “good stuff” from the book – part of my virtual book reading.

Prepare Clients for Account Migration

There are a few steps that need to be performed on the client machines to prepare them for the account migration:

·                       Ensure that the Domain Administrator group from the source server is a member of the local built-in Administrators group.

·                       Disable any personal firewalls.

·                       Disable Internet Connection Firewall in IE.

·                       Do NOT disable the ISA 2000 firewall client.

·                       NT 4.0 workstation and NT 4.0 member servers must have SP 6a installed.

·                       Users should export their mailbox rules.

·                       Delete desktop shortcuts to the company folder and users’ shared folder.

·                       Delete printers and faxes that point to the source server

·                       Delete all Favorites that reference the source server:

o Microsoft Small Business Internet Services

o Microsoft Small Business Server website

o My E-mail

Chapter 5Installing Windows Small Business Server 2003

o SBS User Guide

o Small Business Server Administration

·                       Disable real-time virus protection on each client and run a virus scan.

·                       If migrating from an SBS 4.5 or NT 4.0 server, remove the following applications:

o WinSock Proxy Client

o Fax Server Client

o Modem Sharing Client

·                       If migrating from SBS 2000, remove the Modem sharing client.

·                       Release and renew the IP address.

When performing the account migration, be aware that the ADMT has a differential treatment depending on the OS. Table 5-3 speaks to the migration treatment of different client operating systems.

Table 5-3

ADMT and client operating systems




Windows XP Professional Windows 2000

Professional Windows 2000 Server Windows 2003 Server NT 4.0 Workstation

Can be migrated by using the ADMT.

Windows 98 Windows 95 Windows Me

Must be configured manually for the destination server.


Ensure that you have a CAL (client access license) for each client machine and member server on the destination server.

IMPORTANT: If you have a second Domain Controller that is a Windows 2000 Server, you must run dcpromo to remove AD and then migrate the computer account to the destination server.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

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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