Wednesday 1 June 2011

SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Migration Error – Cannot Find the Source Server

On this last migration we came to realize that we were seeing this particular error frequently:


The above screenshot was borrowed from the Official SBS Blog.

A quick question to my fellow MVPs and Susan Bradley pointed us to:

When it happened to us, we had jumped into the command line (SHFT+F10) and began to ping the source IP and DNS A with the name failing the first time. We ran an IPConfig /All and verified that the IP information on the destination was right which it was.

When we went to ping the source name again it was properly resolved to the source server’s IP.

In our case it meant waiting an extra minute or so before we could click that Next button.

What does this mean?

We need to have our destination server configured with an Intel RMM, Dell iDRAC KVM enabled, HP iLO Advanced, or other out-of-band remote management module so that we can keep an eye on things if we had left the site after running the SBS 2011 Migration Mode OS install!

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

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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TeazNutz said...

I have had the same problem. I've plugged in the network cable in the other connector on my server and it worked...

Anonymous said...

Same error when migrating sbs 2008 to sbs 2011. Disable firewall on source server help in my case.

Anonymous said...

For us it was that NetBIOS was disabled on the source server. As soon as we enabled NetBios we were fine.

Anonymous said...

Same here, it was also NetBIOS over ip was disabled, enabling it fixed the error.

Anonymous said...

Last one is correct, NetBIOS was disabled. Enabling this solved my problem!