Windows Small Business Server 2011 has a built-in Migration Preparation Tool designed to streamline the transition. The tool can be leveraged to prepare the source server and domain for the migration to SBS 2011.
The tool performs two major functions: scans the health of the existing domain to identify any issues that may prevent a successful migrations and prepares the domain for SBS 2011, a member of the SBS team stated.
Microsoft explained "the SBS 2011 MPT is designed to analyze and identify issues that can impact a successful migration, including errors and misconfigurations related to Journal Wrap, Domain\Forest Functional Level, Services not started, Updates missing, Broken replication, Missing Sysvol Share, IPv6 Disabled etc."
Once you run the tool you've 14 days to start the migration. If you wait longer than 14 days you must re-run the tool before migration. "We recommend re-running the tool immediately before performing a migration to make sure no new issues have arisen between the time you last ran the tool and the start of the migration," the software giant stated.
To prepare the domain for SBS 2011 the tool will complete the following tasks as needed:
- Raise the domain and forest functional level to Windows Server 2003
- Use ADPREP to extend Active Directory schema to Server 2008 R2
- Install hotfix KB943494 to extend SBS co-existence to 21 days (SBS 2003 only)
- Convert Exchange to Native Mode (SBS 2003 only)
[tags]sbs 2011,wsbs 2011,adprepsbs 2003[/tags]