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Create a migration answer file for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials migration

Published: March 10, 2011

Updated: May 12, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Use Notepad to create the migration answer file. Save the answer file in the root directory of a USB drive or other removable media.

The answer file contains logon and password information that can be used to log on to your server. To help protect your server, delete the answer file when you finish migrating to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

To create a migration answer file

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Notepad.

  2. Copy the following content and paste it into the file. Do not put any other content in the file.

    The following values are for the Destination Server.



    • <CompanyName> is the friendly name of the company (for example, Contoso, Ltd).

    • <ServerName> is the name of the Destination Server (for example, Contoso-srv).

    • <Password> is the password for the local administrator on the Destination Server(for example, Pass@word1).

    Do not change the other fields.

  3. Click File, click Save, and browse to the root directory of the removable media.

  4. In the File name text box, type cfg.ini; in Save as type, choose All Files, and then click Save.

    When you save the file, you must choose All Files for the Save as type to ensure that Notepad does not append the file name with a .txt extension.

Copy the migration answer file to removable media

You must complete this step before you start the migration.

Copy the migration answer file to the root partition of a USB flash drive or other removable media (for example, G:\cfg.ini). Then, insert the media into the Destination Server before you start migrating to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials. If the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials installation wizard detects a migration answer file, the migration starts automatically.

When you finish migrating to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, delete the answer file.

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