Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Published: December 23, 2010
Updated: May 5, 2011
Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
This guide describes how to migrate an existing Windows® Small Business Server 2003 domain to Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Standard, and then migrate your settings and data. This guide also describes how to remove your existing server from the Windows SBS 2011 Standard network after you finish the migration.
To avoid problems while migrating your existing server to Windows SBS 2011 Standard, we recommend that you read this document before beginning the migration.
For links to additional information, tools, and community resources to help guide you through the migration process, visit the Windows Small Business Server Migration website.
Terms and definitions
Source Server: The existing server from which you are migrating your settings and data.
Destination Server: The new server to which you are migrating your settings and data.
If the Windows SBS 2011 Standard network to which you are migrating will contain more than one server, the following terms are used to distinguish the servers:
Primary Server: The first server on a Windows SBS 2011 Standard network that contains more than one server.
Second Server: The second server on a Windows SBS 2011 Standard network. The Second Server runs the Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on.
Migration process summary
This Migration Guide includes the following steps:
You must ensure that your Source Server and network are ready for migration. This section guides you through backing up the Source Server, evaluating the Source Server system health, installing the most recent service packs and fixes, verifying the network configuration, and raising the functional level of the Active Directory Domain Services domain and forest. You must also run the Migration Preparation Tool on the Source Server, which updates the Active Directory® Domain Services schema, installs an update that extends the time limit for the migration, and configures Exchange Server to support migration.
An answer file is used by Windows SBS 2011 Standard Setup to automate the installation and run Setup in migration mode. This section introduces you to the migration answer file and guides you through using the Answer File Tool to create the migration answer file.
This section explains how to use the migration answer file to install Windows SBS 2011 Standard on the Destination Server in migration mode.
The Migration Wizard helps you migrate settings and data from the Source Server to Windows SBS 2011 Standard. This section explains how to use the Migration Wizard and provides information about the settings and data that you can migrate.
Clean up the Exchange Server database, verify its integrity, and use the Migration Wizard to move Exchange Server mailboxes and settings.
In Windows SBS 2011 Standard, the Windows SBS 2003 logon scripts are replaced with a combination of logon scripts and Group Policy objects.
Use the RoboCopy tool to copy shared data and folders.
This section describes the procedures in the Migration Wizard that are necessary to move the internal website and content database to the Destination Server.
Install and configure the Fax service on the Destination Server and then use the Migration Wizard to migrate fax data.
Export software updates and metadata from the Source Server, and then import them to the Destination Server.
Perform the procedures in this section to display the migrated users, security groups, and distribution lists in the Windows SBS 2011 Standard Console.
Enable Windows SBS 2011 Standard folder redirection by using the Windows SBS 2011 Standard Console, and then delete the old Group Policy object on the Source Server.
If the Source Server is running the Terminal Services Licensing service, you must migrate the service before you decommission the Source Server.
After completing the tasks in the Migration Wizard, you will need to demote and remove the Source Server from the network, as well as performing other tasks.
This is the final task for establishing folder redirection on the Destination Server. Perform this task only if you had folder redirection enabled on the Source Server.
Verify that the built-in Administrator group has the right to log on as a batch job to the Destination Server.
After you decommission the Source Server, you will need to delete the DNS entries that point to the Source Server.
After you finish migrating all settings and data to Windows SBS 2011 Standard, you may want to map permitted computers to user accounts, enable folder redirection, configure POP3 connectors, or update mailbox quotas on your new server.
After you finish migrating settings and data to Windows SBS 2011 Standard, you should download and run the Windows® Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer.