Migrate Settings and Data to the Destination Server

Updated: March 10, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

After Windows SBS 2008 is installed, you must run the Migration Wizard to migrate settings and data from the Source Server to the Destination Server. You can use the Migration Wizard only if the Source Server is running Windows SBS 2003 or Windows SBS 2008. You may, however, review the migration process for information about which data you should migrate and use the instructions that apply to your environment.

Some tasks in the Migration Wizard are required, and some are optional. You must complete the required tasks in the order that they are listed in the Migration Wizard. You may either skip optional tasks or complete them at a more convenient time, such as when no users are logged on to the network.

You have 21 days from the time that you finish installing Windows SBS 2008 to complete the migration. You may exit the wizard at any time and return later to finish it. To exit the Migration Wizard, click Cancel. When you restart the wizard, it opens to the Migration Wizard Home page, where you can start the next available migration task.

Configure folder redirection on the Destination Server

When the Windows SBS 2008 installation finishes, the users’ folder redirection data on the Destination Server is on drive C. If you use folder redirection on the Source Server or if you plan to start using folder redirection when you finish migrating to Windows SBS 2008, you should move the users’ redirected data to another partition or hard disk drive. For instructions, see Change where to store data on the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2008 migration.

After you move the users’ redirected data, you should edit the Folder Redirection Group Policy object on the Destination Server to change the location of the users’ redirected data from the Source Server to the Destination Server. After you finish migrating user accounts and groups, you will enable folder redirection on the Destination Server.

To edit the Folder Redirection Group Policy object

  1. On the Destination Server, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

  2. On the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

  3. In the Group Policy Management navigation pane, expand Forest:<DomainName>, expand Domains, expand <DomainName>, and then expand Group Policy Objects.

  4. Right-click Small Business Server Folder Redirection, and then click Edit.

  5. In the Group Policy Management Editor navigation pane, expand User Configuration, expand Policies, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Folder Redirection.

  6. Right-click Documents, and then click Properties.

  7. On the Target tab, do the following:

    1. In the Setting dropdown menu, click Basic – Redirect everyone’s folder to the same location.

    2. In the Root Path text box, type \\<Destination ServerName>\RedirectedFolders, and then click OK.

  8. Click Yes on the warning dialog box.

  9. Repeat steps 6-8 for Desktop and Start Menu, selecting the same options on the Target tab.

    When the Start Menu is redirected to the server, the user may receive a security warning dialog box when starting some system programs from the Start Menu, such as the command prompt.

  10. Close the Group Policy Management Editor, and then close the Group Policy Management Console.

Both the Source Server and the Destination Server must be connected to the network while the Group Policy changes are updated on the client computers. If you are about to demote and disconnect the Source Server from the network, ensure that Group Policy settings are applied to all client computers.

Start the Migration Wizard

To start the Migration Wizard

  1. On the Home page for the Windows SBS Console, in Getting Started Tasks, click Migrate to Windows SBS.

  2. On the Welcome page, read the information about the Migration Wizard, and then click Next.

  3. On the Welcome page, read the information, and then click Next to start migrating data and settings from the Source Server to the Destination Server. The Migration Wizard Home page is displayed.

  4. Click Next to start the first migration task. Instructions for completing each migration task are in the following sections:

Although data for line-of-business (LOB) applications is not migrated by using the Migration Wizard, you must use the procedures provided by your LOB-application provider to migrate the data within the 21 day grace period that you have to complete the migration process.

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