You may have recently read my post on Some SBS 2011 Essentials Resources Aggregated. This is the companion post dedicated to SBS 2011 Essentials big on premise brother Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard edition.
This post also has its genesis in the discussion stemming from my recent Windows Small Business Server 2011 Launch Roadshows in Kansas City and St. Louis. I want to call out in particular the assistance I received from Cris Hanna, an SBS MVP, who was present at the St. Louis road show. Thanks so much Cris!
In any event, I want to capture most of the resources I mentioned in the event as relates to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard edition.
First off I had a couple of questions regarding migration expectations and leveraging advanced capabilities in Exchange Server 2010 SP1 (Archiving, Unified messaging, etc.)
Will the DHCP migrate from an SBS 2003 or SBS 2008 environment to SBS 2011 Standard edition while keeping scopes, leases and reservations, etc? …This was not true when migrating SBS 2002 to SBS 2008.
Yes, the expected behavior of a migration would be to move over your DHCP setting in tact. this assumes you are using DHCP on the SBS box and not off loading it to a network appliance. SBS 2011 wants to own DHCP.
This would be a good time to speak about the migration documents we released specifically to address such questions.
There are four documents to be aware of:
Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2003
Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard from Windows Small Business Server 2008
Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard to new hardware
Move all SharePoint Foundation 2010 databases for Windows SBS 2011 Standard to another server
These documents are the de facto “bible” for migrations from a Microsoft standpoint.
Also, The migration guidance above refers to Best Practices Analyzers for the SBS products. These tools are essential for preparing the environment for migration. The Windows Small Business Server Best Practices Analyzers examine servers that are running various versions of Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) and present a list of information and errors that administrators should review. They can be found here:
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices Analyzer
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Best Practices Analyzer
Windows Server Solutions Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 (SBS 2011)
Each BPA has TechNet documentation to assist you. SBS 2011’s is located here.
Refer to the general SBS TechNet Landing Page for more detailed information.
Can I use the Archiving, Unified Messaging, or legal hold capabilities of Exchange 2010 in Windows SBS 2011 Standard?
Yes, as long as you purchase the enterprise CAL in addition to the SBS CAL you already purchased. see the chart below for benefits conferred with the Enterprise CAL. See Exchange Server 2010 licensing for more details
The bottom line is you want to prepare as best as possible for migrating your customers to the new platform. The above resources are the best migration guidance we have. Below I have posted more general resources on SBS that may help you take it to the next level. Enjoy!
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Training Videos
Small Business Server 2011 Standard - Build Document I. Overview of SBS 2011
SBS TechNet Landing Page
SBS 2011 Technical Overview Video
SBS 2011 Documentation Blog