In the SBS console there is an “migrate to windows SBS” option.

Selecting this brings up the Migration Wizard

These options are discussed further below.

  1. Change where to store data on the destination server

Use this to change where the users redirected folders, exchange databases, shared folders and more are stored

  1. Configure the network

Use this to setup TCP/IP info

  1. Configure the Internet Address

This launches the “Setup Your Internet Address” wizard

  • In virtually all cases you will already have a domain name and be managing it externally
  • if you are using a different hostname than “remote” for OWA then you will need to specify this in the “advanced” settings

  1. Migrate network settings

This takes over DHCP settings.

  1. Migrate Exchange mailbox and settings

The Migrate Exchange Server mailboxes/settings will explain how to use the native exchange tools to migrate to SBS 2011. Moving mailboxes may take quite a while depending on how much data is held. If the servers are not connected via Gb connections then you may want to consider using a small gigabit switch to connect the servers to just for the data copy.

  • Install the latest service pack – currently exchange 2010 SP1.
  • If you need other systems to relay through this server (which in my experience happens most of the time) create an “allowed relays” receive connector for any smart hosts. See here for further info.
  • Check the accepted domains and recipient policy – make sure this matches the policy on the original SBS 2003 server.

  • If you don’t want your iphone users to be forced to create a passcode on their phone disable this options.

  • Move mailboxes
    • I recommend using the “sbs migration” account for this.
    • If you get errors try running the Exchange BPA permissions test.
  • I recommend backing up the public folders to a pst just in case. Use the export function in outlook for this.
  • Change the exchange server and DC used for recipient update to the new SBS server

  • Change the server that generates the offline address book to the new SBS server

Note – there is a section on decommissioning Exchange in part 4 of this guide.I believe this is best left to the end of the migration


  1. Remove Legacy Group Policy and logon settings

The below group policys are created by SBS2003 and should be removed – they may not all exist in your environment. I recommend just removing the links to them in Active Directory rather than deleting the policies completely. This means you can go back and recover the settings if needed.

  • Small Business Server Auditing Policy
  • Small Business Server Client Computer
  • Small Business Server Domain Password Policy
  • Small Business Server Internet Connection Firewall
  • Small Business Server Lockout Policy
  • Small Business Server Remote Assistance Policy
  • Small Business Server Windows Firewall
  • Small Business Server Windows Vista Policy
  • Update services Client Computer Policy
  • Update Services Common Settings Policy
  • Update Services Server Computer Policy
  1. Migrating Users Shared Data

For the group policies to apply to users and computers…

  • Please ensure all user accounts are found in the Active Directory OU MyBusiness – Users – SBSUsers
  • Likewise all computer accounts should be in MyBusiness – Computers – SBSComputers

Old users will probably not appear in the SBS console. To get them to appear you need to run the role wizard…… Note that this can change group membership for a user. I recommend testing this first before using on all users. I would also make a note of group membership.

  • From the migration wizard, on the Migrate groups page click Next. On the Migrate user accounts page, click Run the Change User Role Wizard. (alternatively you can run “change user role for user accounts” from the SBS console)
  • Select the desired role and choose “add user permissions or settings”

Select the relevant users or users


  1. Migrate Sharepoint Website

  1. General – Migrating Shared Files and Folders

  • As with moving the mailboxes this may take a while. If the servers are not connected via gigabit connections it might be worth connecting the servers to a small gigabit switch just for the data copy.
  • You will need to copy over any file shares from the old SBS server to the new SBS server.
  • You will need to check the permissions on the new folders
  • To copy the data over I recommend using Richcopy if speed is an issue. This however will not copy file permission so if that is an issue I recommend using robocopy or xcopy (with the /H /E /C /Y /O) flags.
  • Once the shares are copied over you will need to edit any logon scripts or group polices that set mapped drives
  • Also I recommend either making the shares on the old SBS 2003 server read only or remove them completely. This ensures that no-one is editing data on the wrong server.
  1. General – Migrate Printers & Scanners

  • Any printers shared off the old SBS 2003 server will need to be re-setup on the SBS 2011 server.
  • Please see my other article on deploying printers via a GPO.
  • Check for scanners that may have hard references to the old server name or IP


  1. Misc

You may want to switch off the reports if you don’t want your end users getting them.

If using a pop3 connector on the original SBS server you will need to get the details from it.


Next – Migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 – part 4

Previous – Migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2001 – part 2

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