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  • Migration of SBS 2003 to cloud - advice please!

    Hi guys

    I have a client with an old SBS 2003 box which he needs to decom. He would like to migrate all data and services to one or more Cloud providers. This isn't something I've been involved in before - up to now I've been migrating to new tin on-premise with SBS2011 - so I'd like to bounce it off you guys for some ideas, suggestions, advice, gotchas etc please!

    The services are very rudimentary: generic F&P (with AD group folder permissionining on the files); AD DC holding half a dozen user objects and slightly more computer objects; Exchange with half a dozen or so mailboxes.

    For the F&P (well, the F part - we can use one of the desktops for a print server) I'm looking at one of the "Team" type file storage offerings: Dropbox for Teams; Gladinet for Teams; Google Docs, something like that (I looked at Syncplicity but it's expensive for the amount of storage you get). All of these allow folder-level permissioning. Gladinet is a nice solution I think, as I understand it it allows you to map to cloud storage at folder level same as you would for an on-premise F&P server.

    He is concerned about access to data if, for instance, his Internet connection fails, however all of these offer offline folder storage - just means we'll perhaps need to buy some bigger hard drives for his PCs!

    This particular client has a caveat which kind of flies in the face of the cloud benefits model, insofaras he only wants his data accessible in the office rather than the "everything everywhere" idea. To comply with this, and simultaneously secure his data both in transit and at rest, I was looking at a client-side encryption system like Cloudfogger, BoxCryptor or SafeSync. With these enabled the data would be accessible anywhere but unreadable unless the employee had the client installed, and more specifically, the account credentials to decrypt thte data.

    I haven't discussed Outlook/Exchange yet as I've not found a nice elegant transparent client-side encryption system for cloud-based mail storage.

    Basically I want the userbase to have as seamless and transparent migration experience as possible and for the end result to have little to no impact on current working practices, whilst simultaneously squaring off all the security and performance concerns.

    What have you guys done for these sorts of projects? Are the solutions I'm looking at viable or are there better? What are the pros/cons in real-world situations? What were the gotchas? How do you implement a GPO-based desktop (specifically Windows OS lockdown) security policy to the with no AD/DC and people just authenticating directly to their data rather than their domain?

    Apologies if this has been answered before, I did look but couldn't see anything.

    Many thanks in advance for any advice you can offer guys, and apologies for asking such broad and far-reaching questions!

    Cheers
    Jon

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    Re: Migration of SBS 2003 to cloud - advice please!

    Consider a hybrid solution such as Windows Server 2012 Essentials in the office for F&P with OFFICE365 as the mail solution. You can use an HP Microserver with 8GB RAM and 2 * 1TB Drives for about $5-600 + Essentials license for $4-500.
    You get the dashboard to manage local clients AND OFFICE365 plus you get to keep RWA (Remote Web Access) for access anywhere with a certificate (self or bought). Additional benefit of Essentials is the Client Backup which really rocks if you are going to be relying on your desktops so much.
    TIA

    Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
    http://www.wintra.co.il/
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      Re: Migration of SBS 2003 to cloud - advice please!

      Hi Teiger

      Thanks for coming back. I did discuss the possibility of the hybrid on/off premise solution but he wants rid of the tin basically, he doesn't want anything on-premise that he has to look after, maintain, administer, back up, and especially risk the failure of. He is quite insistent that the entire infrastructure goes virtual with me looking after remotely.

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        Re: Migration of SBS 2003 to cloud - advice please!

        Make sure you have a contingency plan for when (not if) the comms go down or the cloud goes off line.

        Also consider who owns your business data when it is in the cloud.
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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          Re: Migration of SBS 2003 to cloud - advice please!

          Nothing on-premise? So who looks after his workstations? How does he manage anti-virus? Updates? Security?
          I think that anyone who has been running SBS 2003 for a while and puts EVERYTHING in the cloud, may be in for a shock. I'm not saying it won't happen one-day, just not yet, IMHO!
          TIA

          Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
          http://www.wintra.co.il/
          sigpic
          Iím honoured to have been selected for the SMB 150 list for 2013. This is the third time in succession (no logo available for 2011) that I have been honoured with this award.

          We donít stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

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