Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Catch-22 – Almost

We have already mentioned that we are working on a pretty messed up SBS install.

The deeper into the test Swing we go, the clearer it becomes that we need to Swing the actual production environment.

There are so many things going on in the background, from the Terminal Server that runs their proprietary accounting LoB, to the Linux box that they are going to deprecate at some point that has their old accounting system on it.

Going with a completely fresh SBS install is looking more and more prohibitive due to all of the “customizations” that we are seeing as we go through the Swing steps.

While we will be able to tidy up Group Policy, DNS, and have functional SBS Wizards and features like the Companyweb and Remote Web Workplace, we will not be able to tighten up the security structures as we had hoped, and we will not be able to restructure much in the SBS domain.

While there are still some unknowns that may rear their heads and try to bite us, the Swing Migration is giving us the confidence we need to come through this coming weekend and the actual Swing Migration with a fairly stable SBS and users that find everything working as expected … we hope! ;)

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac! (previous blog post)

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