This being a long weekend in Canada, it is the time to take care of an in-depth project so that we do not impact our client’s business productivity.
The project we are running this weekend is an SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration.
Our client has purchased a new Intel X3370 Quad Core based server with Intel RAID and hot swap capabilities.
We have already done a practice run through using a ShadowProtect image to Hardware Independent Restore to a lab box here in the shop. Things went fairly smooth considering the box is around 4 years old and has been misbehaving every once in a while for the last year or so.
We will also be upgrading all of their Windows XP Professional workstations to Windows Vista. From there, we will be distributing Office 2007 Pro Plus via Group Policy, and configuring their new SBS 2008 domain along the guidelines we have for our other SBS 2008 clients.
We will be taking a basic hardware router with us for the initial migration process as their existing SBS 2003 will be repurposed as a dedicated ISA 2006 server that we will install at a later date.
The ShadowProtect images we will create when we start the process will remain separate and available if we need to fall back on the original hardware with SBS 2003 reimaged to the box.
Given the results of the practice run through, we are pretty confident that the migration process will be successful.
Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend to our Canadian readers! :)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book