Fri, Dec 9 2011 23:49
Migration isn't rocket science
I have a Mini Cooper. If I came to you and asked if I could move from a Mini Cooper S (normal 2door) to a Clubman (split 3 door) to a Countryman (4 door 4 wheel drive) without having to move from the driver seat of my Mini Cooper S you would say I was smokin' something or drinking way too much egg nog and making no sense at all.
Yet that's what I annoyingly hear being promised when it comes to Small Business Server and migration between platforms and on to the Windows Standard server editions.
SBS Essentials is a 25 user max, designed for hosted Exchange. When you have a 26th user... you ...what? Where? Go to SBS Standard? Suddenly decide you are going to pull your hosted Exchange back to on premises? Is that realistic? Okay now how?
Now let's take SBS Standard with it's 75 user max limit. When you hit the 76th user.... where do you go next? And if your users are used to Remote Web Access, how do you recreate that? With what platform? Storage Server Essentials R2? Okay so maybe that one is reasonable with High Rely on the back side recreating the RWA side of the world.
Yet that's the message I've been hearing from the marketing. "When you outgrow Essentials you can migrate to Standard with it's on premise Exchange"
Okay..... so where's the white paper for that process? Go ahead go search for it... I'll wait.
That's right, there's white papers into SBS, but there's no white papers out of it or between platforms.
This is where I say you need to buy a swing migration kit from Jeff Middleton's www.sbsmigration.com . Why do I say that? Am I getting some sort of kickback? Extra time with the MVPtour Gnome? I'm saying you should buy a "kit" because in the mass of lines of instructions he really makes you aware of active directory. And for that reason ALONE is why you should buy a kit. Even if you never ever do a swing migration in your entire life, the sbsized instructions showcasing how you get from the sbs migration speed bumps of the lack of domain trusts and requirement of FSMO roles to the finish line showcases how you can get in and then out and around and above and beyond and all the migration ideas you'll need now and going forward.
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