These changes happened after we were contracted to complete the migration.
All of the requisite systems including the new SBS box were already to go before the changes started to happen.
As a result, our timeline went from 5 days for the migration to about 14-16 days.
We were about to loose that new SBS box to the 7 day time limitation on not being promoted into the migration domain.
In comes the Official SBS Blog and a new update to save the day: Small Business Server 2003 Migration Update 943494 Released.
We now have a KB article: 943494: Software Update to Support “Join Domain” Migration of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Data and Settings to New Hardware and the update to download with it: Software Update to Support “Join Domain” Migration of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Data and Settings to New Hardware.
After downloading the update and applying it, we now have a 21 day grace period to work with the new box.
Note that there are quite a number of localized versions of the download. Pay close attention to which Download button being clicked on.
Software Update Installation Wizard for KB943494
Also, keep in mind that the update requires a reboot of the new SBS box.
If the update had not come along, we would have had to blow away the box and reschedule a Phase 1 SBS install on it. That would have been a great waste of time.
KB943494 Reboot Required
There are any number of foreseen and unforeseen reasons why a migration may need to take longer than the allowed 7 days. It is good to see that Microsoft has acknowledged those reasons with an extension to a 21 day grace period.
Kudos to the SBS Team for the update! :)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
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