Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from an earlier version of SBS

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Introduction

When you are ready to migrate from Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 or Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 to Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, you want the migration to be successful the first time.

The migration process is very complex. To avoid any setup failures, carefully follow the steps in this migration guide. Success will depend on careful planning and the completion of every step.

This guide is divided into two sections: "Migrate from Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2011 Standard" and "Migrate from Windows SBS 2008 to Windows SBS 2011 Standard." Each section is further divided into parts. It is important that you complete all the parts of the appropriate section in the order in which they are presented, and that you complete all the steps in each part in the order in which they are presented.

For an overview of the migration process before you begin, you can view the following video:
SBS 2011 Migration Demo and Interview
The following terms and definitions are used in this guide:
  • 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 (which runs the Windows SBS 2011 Premium add-on)

Make sure that you read and understand this migration guide before you try to complete the steps.

When you are ready, practice a migration in a test environment so that you know what to expect. This also lets you test the hardware, and verify that you have the required BIOS updates and drivers. Depending on whether you are migrating from Windows SBS 2003 or from Windows SBS 2008, follow the steps in the appropriate section.

Migrate from Windows SBS 2003 to Windows SBS 2011 Standard

Part 1: Prepare your Source Server for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Part 2: Create a migration answer file for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Part 3: Install Windows SBS 2011 Standard in migration mode

Part 4: Move settings and data to the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Migrate from Windows SBS 2008 to Windows SBS 2011 Standard

Part 1: Prepare your Source Server for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Part 2: Create a migration answer file for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Part 3: Install Windows SBS 2011 Standard in migration mode

Part 4: Move settings and data to the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this migration process, visit the Small Business Server forum. You can use the Small Business Server forum to locate answers to your questions, seek advice about your migration plan, or learn what issues other people have encountered during the migration process that you might not have considered.

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Article ID: 2677001 - Last Review: April 30, 2012 - Revision: 3.0
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