Monday, 5 January 2009

SBS 2008 Migrations

Now that SBS 2008 has been out for a while, we have begun to see the realities involved with the migration process.

Primarily we are talking about SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.

Both internally, and via the Internet it is not hard to find migrations that have hiccuped leaving the source or destination server useless, or in some cases where both are toast.

So, here are some procedures we are planning on making a mandatory part of our SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration procedures:
1: Make a ShadowProtect image of the source SBS 2003 and do an HIR based restore with that image in our shop. This tests for a fall back if things don't work.
2: Run the migration process against the newly HIR restored SBS in our shop looking for gotchas and the death of either SBS. We then know what we are getting into.
3: Run a ShadowProtect incremental just prior to initiating the actual migration process as well as during. Our fall back is ready and up to date.

In the end, the extra time and precautions will give us the confidence we need to come through any migration successfully.


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