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    Hello geniuses

    I wonder if you can help with a solution that I have, or shoot me down in flames if it really won't work.

    I have a customer with a very sick SBS 2008 SP2 server. Many hours have been spent trying to fix it, including by Microsoft, and the end result is that it needs a wipe and a reinstall.

    It is working for the time being, but with all kinds of Exchange and Active Directory topology errors.

    A big point to note is that there are NO backups whatsoever for this server, good work by the previous IT support there then!

    OK, so my idea for the wipe and reinstall was this, in a bid to save having to recreate the domain and all the users, and then rejoin all the PCs to the domain:

    1) Export all mailboxes to PST
    2) Temporarily join a 2008 (or 2003) standard server to the domain, promote it to DC and make sure active directory fully replicates
    3) Gracefully demote the SBS box and remove it from the domain.
    4) Reinstall the SBS box with a fresh copy of SBS 2008, and make it DC
    5) Gracefully demote the 2008 standard server and remove from the domain
    6) Import all the PST files

    That is over simplified, but you get the idea.
    Wil this work or am I in dreamland being able to demote SBS like that and transfer all the roles to standard box?

    Any thoughts gratefully received.

    Thanks in advance

    Mike

  • #2
    Re: SBS temporary Migration

    You will have to use a Windows 2008 machine because I am pretty sure that SBS creates a domain that doesn't accept older domain controllers.

    Although unless there are a high number of workstations involved, personally I would be looking to build a new domain.

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    • #3
      Re: SBS temporary Migration

      Hi

      Thanks for the reply. 2008 standard server no problem. There are quite a few machines so I am keen to avoid rejoining them all if possible.

      Do you think that the solution would work though? Is it possible to demote an SBS server in this way, bearing in mind that as far as I am aware, an SBS server must be a domain controller?

      Just trying to grab as much info as possible prior to the rebuild.
      Thanks

      M

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      • #4
        Re: SBS temporary Migration

        http://www.sbsmigration.com/

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        • #5
          Re: SBS temporary Migration

          But the OP said his AD was sick/ill!! SBSMigration is for preserving and transferring a good AD. Therefore as has already been stated it is best he start over with a new domain. He can still export the mailboxes to PST (using Exmerge you need to do it in less than 2GB chunks). He can also backup any files and/or move sharepoint databases, but to transfer a sick AD is a no-no in my book - much as I love and recommend Swing Migration.
          TIA

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          • #6
            Re: SBS temporary Migration

            Thanks.

            OK, so new domain it is, with regards to the PST export, am I right in thinking that because it is SBS 2008, I should use the cmdlet Export-Mailbox and that it should export to the newer version of PST without the 2GB limit?

            Thanks again

            M

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            • #7
              Re: SBS temporary Migration

              Export-Mailbox doesn't have the 2gb limit that exmerge has. However you should still get the users to keep it as low as possible. Tell them to flush Deleted Items and things like that.

              Simon.
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              • #8
                Re: SBS temporary Migration

                Indeed, that has already been asked. Whether they will or not of course....

                Thanks to all for the advice, planned reinstall Friday PM

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