NetWare to Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Checklist

Published: September 15, 2010

Updated: September 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can refer to this checklist for a quick guide to preparing and performing a migration. For details about migration steps, see “NetWare Migration Preparation Details,” “Outline of Migration Steps,” and the step-by-step sections earlier in this document.

 

LAN and WAN links

Namespace design issues

Workstations

Servers

 

Plan mail system migration as separate project

 

Diagram and identify all network components, including hardware and software

Identify all types of information stored on the network, including its owners, users, locations, and associated security settings

Identify all Novell services-dependent software

Determine the systems and version(s) of NetWare to be migrated

Review WAN/LAN links and their available bandwidth

Plan for future hardware, software, and network bandwidth needs

Analyze the current and future namespace design

 

Familiarize yourself with one-way and two-way synchronization

Familiarize yourself with MSDSS functionality

Create an overall migration plan to be tested in the lab

Determine tests to be performed

Determine expected test results

Determine tools used to perform tests

Determine the success criteria for tests

Create a test lab for design and migration testing

 

Perform a test migration from NetWare to Windows Server 2008 R2 (with Windows Server 2008 R2 operating at a Windows Server 2003 functional level)

Document any additional notes

Review and adjust migration plans as appropriate

Repeat a test migration to hone the process if necessary

Modify namespace design if necessary

Evaluate custom directory object mapping (optional)

Acquire new hardware and software (if necessary)

Install MSDSS on the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller

Choose a direct or staged (phased) migration

Identify containers and servers to migrate or synchronize

Calculate the required number of migration sessions and servers

 

Determine steps needed to recover

All team members review and sign-off on recovery plan

 

Identify and obtain administrator accounts with sufficient permissions to successfully complete the migration

Decide who the migration administrators are

Recruit a pilot group (optional)

Educate users

Back up and test restore the NetWare system and user data

Create an Active Directory OU for holding the NetWare directory information (create as many OUs as necessary)

Install and configure a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller

Create a Windows Server 2008 R2 forest, and configure Active Directory at the Windows Server 2003 functional level

Configure a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 virtual machine as an additional domain controller

Install the Novell Client for Windows on the Windows Server 2003 functional domain

Install MSDSS on the Windows Server 2003 functional domain

Pre-migration steps are complete, continue to either direct migration or staged (phased) migration steps

 

Follow the step-by-step instructions to migrate user accounts

Follow the step-by-step instructions to migrate the file system

Manually migrate other objects

Replace Novell-dependent software

Uninstall Novell NetWare Client for Windows from workstations

(Recommended) Upgrade NetWare workstations to Windows 7

Configure all client computers to join the Windows Server 2003 functional domain

Remove the Windows Server 2003 R2 computer as the domain controller

Change the functional level of the forest to Windows Server 2008 R2

Decommission NetWare server(s)

 

Log on to the NDS tree or Bindery server with administrative credentials

Log on to the appropriate Windows Server 2003 functional domain

Print out MSDSS help topics

Re-familiarize yourself with directory synchronization methods

Start MSDSS, and configure one-way or two-way synchronization

 

Install and configure File and Print Services for NetWare (optional)

Replace software dependent on Novell services

Migrate the pilot group of users and their files (optional)

Manually migrate other objects

Migrate the rest of the user accounts and their files as appropriate

Uninstall Novell NetWare Client for Windows from workstations

(Recommended) Upgrade NetWare workstations to Windows 7

Configure all client computers to join the Windows Server 2003 functional domain

Remove the computer running Windows Server 2003 R2 as the domain controller

Change the functional level of the forest to Windows Server 2008 R2

Decommission the NetWare server(s)

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