Official Microsoft Support for SBS 2011 and 2008 has ended on January 14, 2020. Use promo code 'sbsmigration' and get 10% discount on your SBS 2011 or 2008 migration kit.

How to setup and configure a Hyper-V host in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 or 2011

This is your Hyper-V Companion tutorial that comes as a free add-on for all migration kits from SBS 2008 or 2011 to a new Domain Controller and one member server that runs Exchange Server or any other workload you want to virtualize. We will install the host with the Hyper-V role and build two Virtual Machines.

We have written this free add-on with the admin in mind who has maintained SBS 2008 and SBS 2011 and has little experience with Hyper-V and Powershell in general. All installation steps are done with the GUI and mouse, no Powershell involved this time.

On what kind of hardware you are going to do this is out of the scope of this guide but as a minimum, I recommend an HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Server or other brand equivalents with at least 128 GB Ram and 4 drives in a Raid 10 array. If you can effort SSD’s in your server go ahead and get 4 of those. If you do not have the money for that try to invest in more than just 4 drives in your Raid array, for example, 8 smaller drives. A good place to use for your Raid calculation is here http://www.raid-calculator.com/.

In this guide, we use Windows Server 2019 but you can also use it for Windows Server 2016.

There are three scenarios for which you can use the companion tutorial.

  1. Install everything as described and start from scratch on the Virtual Machines, not a migration.
  2. Install everything as described and virtualize the SBS as described in Virtualize your SBS 2008 or 2011 and run it as a virtual machine on Hyper-V server and start the migration. This is my preferred way of migrating any server.
  3. Install everything as described and migrate the SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 while the SBS is still running on the physical hardware.

Companion guide for setting up a Hyper-V host and two VM's.

Learn how to set up a Hyper-V Host with two Virtual Machines that will be the new home for your Domain Controller and Exchange Server in a migration scenario or a completely new installation. Important: This companion guide is a free add-on for all the SBS 2008 and 2011 migration kits!

IT pro collection for IT consultants and engineers

The migration kit that you are currently viewing is part of the IT Pro Collection. The IT Pro Collections contain all migration kits that we have written. See here for an overview of all migration kits and manuals. If you perform multiple migrations for clients, you are an IT Consultant, the IT Pro Collections are the most obvious choice. Success guaranteed!

All our migration kits and IT Pro Collections are backed with awesome support. In our store, you can choose to purchase support as part of your initial purchase or you can get ad hoc support by creating a support ticket here. Don't want to do it yourself? Migration support is also available through consulting service, contact us.

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