Migration Tip #4 – The Migration ( SBS 2011 migration )

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Exchange Server
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Welcome to my series of short tips on migrations. Whilst based on Microsoft migrations the same principles can be applied to any type of migration.

My first tip Migration Tip #1 – Source Server Health can be found here: https://demazter.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/migration-tip-1-source-server-health/

My second tip Migration Tip #2 – The Practice Run can be found here: https://demazter.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/migration-tip-2-%e2%80%93-the-practice-run/

My third tip Migration Tip #3 – Preparing for Live Migration can be found here: https://demazter.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/migration-tip-3-preparing-for-live-migration/

My fourth tip is about the actual migration itself, you’ve done all the preparation, you have practiced and you’ve spoken to everyone with a vested interest.  Now it’s time to do the deed.  The actual migration.

My advice here, is to take your time, nobody will actually get affected by the migration until you move data.  If you are following a guide, then do so religiously.  I made the mistake on my very first migration of skipping a few steps because I thought I knew better.  Even if you think they don’t need doing, do them.  There is a reason these steps are in the guide.

Test each step as you go along, read it, read it again, then perform the step, then double check it.  Make sure you are happy with that the step is completed before you move on to the next one.

If you come across a problem or something you are not sure of, stop.  Don’t continue and think “it’s OK, I will sort that out later”.  Fix it now.  If you can’t fix it find someone who can help you before you move on.  There are some great Q&A sites out there where volunteer experts will help you. http://www.experts-exchange.com being my favourite and where I tend to hang out.  But it’s easier for the experts to help you if you haven’t continued past the problem.  Often continuing will cause you to create a bigger problem which will be more costly in terms of time and possibly money to resolve.

More importantly, if you encounter a problem that means you have to stop the migration then communicate this to the people using the system.  Make sure they know that what was your final deadline may now shift.  This makes sure you are not under any unnecessary pressure, and again, manages their expectation.

Performing a migration can be a stressful tasks, and lots of blue line watching.  So make sure you get away from the system whilst the installations are being performed.  The blue lines will still move if you don’t watch them.  And watching them will make the migration seem like it’s taking all that much longer.

Watch out for tip Migration Tip #5 – The Aftermath

If you are planning on a migration and are not comfortable with the process then Demazter IT Services can assist you. Please contact me on glen@demazter.co.uk.

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