Those of you who speak Microsoft may know what I’m talking about when I say Windows Small Business Server… You may even be able to empathize with this post.
I am at a client right now installing a new windows 2011 Small Business Standard server, and it’s my first one. They currently have a SBS 2003 server, and there’s a migration process that is new to 2011.
First, you pop the 2011 install disk into the source server, and you run the prep tool. This is pretty cool, because it performs several tasks that prepares Active Directory for a new domain controller, that you used to have to take care of manually before. Neat feature.
Once that’s done, you create an “Answer file” on the source server, and save it to a thumb drive, that you then plug into the new server. When you start-up the new server, you can start in Migration Mode and it will take info from the answer file on the thumb drive, and the migration then happens.
If you find yourself in this situation, BEFORE you turn on the fucking new server, minimize some windows on the source server after running the fucking migration preparation tool. In behind everything that’s up on your screen is a god damn notification that you need to reboot the source server for the prep to complete. You HAVE to do this, or your fucking migration will fucking fail. THEN you have to format the fucking new server again, and chances are you’ll have to contact fucking Dell (…if you use dell, that is) for the fucking drivers for the fucking raid array.
Fucking Fuck. Best. Fucking. Saturday. EVER.