Mon, Feb 9 2009 22:27
So ya wanna do a clean install in an existing network?
Say you have a really horrific SBS 2003 network. If the health of the active directory is in question, if the internal domain is horrific, and if you'd just like to start over here are some things to help you do a clean install and keep the good stuff.
1. Keep the data. Obviously raw data needs to be kept. If there are programs that are installed via UNC paths and mapped drives, be prepared to reinstall the software on the workstations if the programs installed need it. Ensure you have a backup, and do an extra copy of the data via robocopy to an external drive or usb drive.
2. Export out the emails. This only works if your mailboxes are under 2 gigs. If they are not, this might be a good time to clean out the system. Go into your EXISTING SBS 2003 and then into Outlook. Click on File, Import and Export and export out the file contents.
Park it somewhere where you will remember where you stuck it (this is very important).
Now you have a couple of choices when you slide in the new server. You'll need to drop the workstations back to workgroup and you can use http://connect to join the domain but this may not migrate over the domain profile to the new domain profile. You can use a tool called forensit to migrate the profiles over -- http://www.forensit.com/Profwiz/index.htm ForensiT User Profile Wizard will migrate your current user profile to your new domain account so that you can keep all your existing data and settings. Or I've also dug under the profile and copied over the desktop icons.
Now then once you've reconnected the workstations to the domain, you've remapped the drives (using group policy preferences I might add) then you launch your workstation that autofinds that new Exchange 2007 mailserver and you have clean mailboxes. Now you click on file, import and you reimport back into the mailboxes those exported out pst files.
Keep in mind this is a lot of sneakernetting. But if you feel that nuking the existing domain and setting up a clean, fresh domain is the best way to cut the ties on the old server, this is a tried and true way to move (I wouldn't call this a migration) over to a SBS 2008 box. This is the method I used to move to SBS 2003 because my old SBS 2000 had a horrific domain name and I make the conscious decision to start all over from scratch.
In a small network, with a really bad prior domain, you just may want to consider this.
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