Thursday, March 19, 2009

Small Business Server 2008 Migration Error

Well we’ve done several migrations from small business server 2003 to small business server 2008 and we’re seeing a consistent theme.  Migrations aren’t easy.  Plain and simple.  This stuff is suppose to get easier and it’s not unfortunately.  Even for folks who work day in and out with small business server.

That’s why if you don’t have a IT company like TAZ Networks to fall back on for network support or network troubleshooting or network installation you might be spinning your wheels very quickly.  At least we know who to call when we can’t figure something out.

I’ve never had to have folks on our team call Microsoft so much as in the last month.  Perhaps it’s because we’re just getting our hands around this migration thing but I just don’t see that because each scenario is truly different.

#1 thing to make sure of:  That your Active Directory is in order before you even start a migration.  And most of these items are caught on any best practice analyzer as well.  Make sure that NTFRS log doesn’t have any yellow or red items or you may be in for a long migration.

I’ll blog about our standard installation of small business server 2008 in another post (we do everything in Microsoft virtualization using Hyper-V for migrations) but rest assured it will take some time to get done.

So hang in there on your small business server 2008 migrations and installations and if you need our help please feel free to give us a call.  If you are going it alone then let the games begin and take a close look at that active directory.