We have made no secret about our support of Jeff Middleton’s Swing methodology here.
There are many times where the skills learned by following the Swing Migration documentation to Swing SBS from one box to another have come through to save a client’s SBS environment after a catastrophic failure.
Since many SBS environments are single server or single DC, the Swing methodology teaches us a lot about how to either move AD and all of the bits with it or to recover AD and all of the bits with it.
We also learn that introducing another DC into the mix brings about a unique environment for recovery that is unique to SBS.
Many of the skill sets learned are out there somewhere, however one of the principle benefits of the SwingIT Kit is Jeff’s ability to pull all of those disparate resources into one organized place for us to work through.
Jeff also includes many tools and scripts to facilitate a clean migration from start to finish.
And one final point, the Swing method provides a fall back for the migration process where the Microsoft method does not once mailboxes have begun to move.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book