Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 transition / migration to Server Standard 2008 R2

(First appeared here)

This is an action plan from Microsoft tech support.  I’m going to be testing this in my Lab over the next week or so.  I’ll post any significant notes or corrections that I find.

1.       Run ADprep on SBS 2008 with the Windows 2008 R2 disk.

·         Insert the media for Windows Server 2008 R2 into the Small Business Server 2008 server.

·         Browse to the following folder:

·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep> Adprep /forestprep

·         Press C, and then press ENTER. Wait for the process to complete.

·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep>Adprep /domainPrep

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Auto connect and authenticate to a mapped drive on Windows XP

Lately Windows XP Pro and Home is loosing connectivity to the mapped drive or sometime the user has to double click on on Z drive to initiate the authentication process. In some cases the “remember password” check box is not there either. Which means you have to type username and password every time you reboot. I have looked around for a solution and haven’t been able to find anything yet.

In some cases it has been asking for authentication even if i give permissions to “Everyone” on the local and shared permissions. If you run the network setup wizard and enable file and print sharing at the end it may work. It didn’t work on every case for me, very random.

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