Category Archives: Migration

SBS 2011 Standard – Test Build Write-up

For those just looking for “What’s New” and the official Release Documentation for SBS 2011 Standard Edition those are found here:

It seems that the Premium Edition is rebranded as a “Premium Add-on” though it is the same thing as before. BTW there isn’t a Premium download as of yet.

IMO this release looks and feels much more like an R2 rather than a full revamp of the platform. Kudos to Hilton Travis for that idea.  Perhaps the R2 branding is being dropped from the Microsoft marketing lexicon branding wheel.

After having gone through a lab build out and poked around in the UI, I can say that the reworked RWW page is nicer with its published “Shared Folders” visible much that same as previously seen in WHS. Using SharePoint Foundation 2010 will make for a richer and more easily adoptable teamwork platform. The improved and renamed “Internet Address Management Wizard” simplifies setting up a public domain name complete with DNS records creation if hosted at Enom or GoDaddy. You can separately purchase the domain name and the wizard accommodates this …thankfully. The rest of the newness is attributed to Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 SP1 including WSUS 3.0 w/ SP2 allowing for usage of Branch Cache. Also SQL gets a bump to SQL 2008 R2 Express (Std Ed) or SQL 2008 R2 Std (Prem) …FWIW 

Plan on two rounds of updates.  At not even weaned from infancy (or available from OEM’s) I downloaded 11 initial updates and then 36 more the second reboot go around.  Wish the boys up top could avoid saddling every install with massive time taking patching.  If this minor miracle of technology could be automated or avoided it would easily stimulate businesses with cost savings on the technology deployment that could be better spent on training and adoption of the new goodness.

As in SBS 2008 there is an Answer File Tool for creation of this file required if doing a Microsoft migration. Both it and an .html file tutorial are found under Tools off the root of the media (you have to create).

Speaking about media …since the download is a whopping 6 + GB in size no mere mortal DVD will do. As alluded to by many already …plan on building a bootable USB drive. Tim Barrett’s helpful and well written tutorial works exactly as advertised.  Per the suggestion of a colleague I’ve also tried a cool Open Source tool “UNetbootin” which made the bootable USB drive a synch by merely pointing to the .iso and clicking OK (expect it to take over 30 minutes). I’ve also confirmed that the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility recognizes both the Tim Barrett method and the UNetbootin method created USB Flash Drives as ‘OS Media’ and will succeed in installing SBS 2011.



SBS 2008 – More Virtual Labs …via TechNet

click picture to arrive at the below location and begin the free preconfigured and real running server labs



Small Business Server and Other Technology: Windows SBS 2008 Hands-On-Labs available for download from MS Connect

This is a very handy way to get Hands-On without a lot of fuss.  Just download the VM and load it in your Hyper-V environment and start learning about SBS 2008.  Thanks again to Sean Daniel for another excellent tool reference.

Windows SBS 2008 Hands-On-Labs available for download from MS Connect


Have you been wanting to get some hands-on experience with Windows Small Business Server 2008 but weren’t sure how to get started?  We have just the thing!  Four hands-on-labs for SBS 2008 are available for download from Microsoft Connect:  Administration, Managing Clients, Installation, and Migration from SBS 2003.  To take advantage of these labs, you will need a test server with at least 4GB of RAM running Microsoft Hyper-V Server or Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role installed. – Small Business Server and Other Technology: Windows SBS 2008 Hands-On-Labs available for download from MS Connect

Post SBS 2008 migration and now need data from SBS 2003 NTBackup media – what to do now?


(picture is linked to download)

If you find that there is missing information after the migration has completed (or someone in organization suspects this) then you need to access your NTBackup created media and potentially recover data.  But Windows Server 2008 no longer has NTbackup; Vista did the same thing.

What to do?  Download the above nifty utility or go to a Windows 2003 Server you still have access to.  With the utility you can keep it all in house at the business network which keeps thing simple.

KISS is a DU-IT best practice.

How to change/reset the status of Migration Tasks while migrating SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.

Crisis control – disaster averted – you can reset an accidental mouse slip/click in the SBS 2008 “Migrate to Windows Small Business Server 2008” wizard!  whew

Kudos to EMEA SBS TEam whom I’ve seen other good SBS 2008 content on this same blog.

**note**  Open Windows Explorer ‘as Administrator’ to save the changes to the .xml

How to change/reset the status of Migration Tasks while migrating SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy Anshul Srivastava]

You are migrating to SBS 2008 from SBS 2003 by running SBS 2008 install in migration mode, following the steps described in the following Help file:

After you have installed Small Business Server 2008 in migration mode, you must run the Migration Wizard to migrate settings and data from the Source Server(SBS 2003) to the Destination Server(SBS 2008). This is done by clicking on ‘Migrate to SBS 2008’ link in the Windows SBS Console(shown below).


The Migration Wizard Home Window is shown below:


If you accidentally select ‘Task Completed’ for any of the tasks, this is how you can reset the status so that you may run it again:

The Migration Wizard uses the following file to determine the status of tasks:

C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Data\MigrationTasks.xml

If you want to re-run all the tasks, rename this file. Migration Wizard should not be running, otherwise you cannot rename the file.  After renaming it, run the Migration Wizard, it should show ‘Not started’ for all the tasks.

If you want to reset the status of a specific task, for which you accidentally selected ‘Task completed’, open the MigrationTasks.xml file in notepad. Make sure Migration Wizard is not running. This is how the file looks like: …more <follow link below>

Blog of the EMEA SBS Team : How to change/reset the status of Migration Tasks while migrating SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.