Here we go! The goal is to "migrate" from SBS2003 on Box A to a clean install of SBS2003 on Box A without losing Active Directory/Companyweb data/Exchange data and minimal downtime. Here is my current layout:
1. SBS2003 Premium - 2 nics, static IP on the external nic. Name of the box is "server"
Performs the following tasks:
2. Three Windows XP Pro machines
3. One of the Windows XP Pro machines is running Virtual Server 2005 with a Windows 2003 Domain Controller up and running in the virtual environment (I never know how to word that correctly). Name of the replica DC is "Win2kdc"
Currently, Server and Win2kdc are in perfect harmony. Replication is good. I have completed several tasks prepping for the migration: Win2kdc is a Global Catalog Server. DNS has been installed on Win2kdc. All of my DNS zones were changed to "Active Directory Integrated" to allow them to be stored in Active Directory and replicate to Win2kdc.
My plan is:
I am sure I forgot something! I have backups, we will see.
Here are the steps completed today:
After completing these steps, I know that my SBS box will start shutting down within the next couple weeks as it does not hold all the FSMO roles. I should be able to compete the migration well within the "grace period". Even if something comes up I can always transfer them back and be good as gold again.
Stay tuned for SBS2003 Migration Part 2, coming soon!
Well, I have procrastinated long enough on wrapping up the migration story.&nbsp; Here it is...