Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How is Zero Downtime Migration Different from Swing Migration?

How is Zero Downtime Migration Different from Jeff's "SBS Migration?"Network Migration Workbook

We get this question a log.
Actually, there's no comparison.

We've always been a little confused by this question.

Many people ask us about the tools at SBSMigration.com. These are great tools. We endorse them. We even call them out in the book several times.

But there is no real "choice" between Jeff's tools and our process. Jeff's tools simply don't cover the migration process. They handle one very specific piece of the migration. And they do it extremely well.

First, Jeff's process has downtime. But more importantly, it doesn't cover MOST of what you need in a migration.

Basically, Jeff walks you through cleaning up active directory so you don't have to re-create users and computers. A key factor is the size of the client. If you've got 50 workstations, you might want to use Jeff's toolset in addition to our book.

If you've got 1-15 users, there's no way you'd spend all that time cleaning active directory and bringing over all the "garbage" from the last eight years. Just use our ZDT process.

In between . . . you need to see for yourself.

In our opinion, there really isn't a choice to be made between our book and Jeff's toolset. We cover every bit of the migration project in excruciating detail. We refer to Jeff's tool in the list of tools you might use, but Jeff's toolset addresses about three pages worth of material in our 590 page book.

I know this sounds very self-serving, but Jeff does not address
  • Migrating exchange
  • Migrating sharepoint
  • Migrating IIS
  • Migrating SQL
  • Migrating line of business applications
  • Migrating old desktops
  • Migrating printers
  • and a whole lot more.

He doesn't cover
  • Project management
  • Using a PSA system to assist in a migration
    ( ConnectWise, Autotask, Tigerpaw, etc.)
  • Using an RMM tool to assist in a migration
    (Zenith, Kaseya, etc)
  • Handling communications
  • Working with vendors
  • Working with employees
  • Working the clients
  • Project proposals
  • Money
  • Profitability
  • Staying on time
  • Staying in budget
  • etc.
Please take a look at the Table of Contents and sample chapter on the Network Migration home page.

We feel very strongly that we cover every aspect of a network migration. Jeff's tool addresses one step of that process. Basically, he spends time cleaning up AD rather than creating new users and computers on the new domain. But that's just one piece of a migration.
Without downtime . . .
  • You can do network migrations during the workweek
  • The client doesn't have to ever send people home because of you
  • You can work when 3rd party support is available
  • You don't have to pay overtime
  • and Neither does the client
  • You look like a hero!
Now includes the complete checklist for SBS 2011!

Comparison: Network Migration Workbook and SBS Migration Toolset
ProcessNetwork Migration WorkbookSBS Migration Toolset
Introduction to Migrating the Windows EnvironmentYes
Modern Migration StrategiesYes
Multi-Server EnvironmentsYesYes
What's The Best For Your Client?Yes
Working During Normal Business HoursYes
Consulting Assistance AvailableYesYes
Tools and RulesYes
Using a Ticketing System to Track MigrationsYes
Dealing with Interruptions from Clients and EmployeesYes
Documentation Templates for Everything!Yes
Communication Processes and TemplatesYes
SMB Consulting Project ManagementYes
Network Discovery and InventoryYes
Inventory: Physical AssetsYes
Inventory: Services and ResourcesYes
Building the PlanYes
Writing the PlanYes
Goal Setting: Treating Your SBS Migration Like an EmployeeYes
Dealing with Client ObjectionsYes
Pricing Your ProjectYes
Security ConsiderationsYes
Getting Approval for the ProjectYes
Budgeting, Adjusting, and Final DraftYes
Running Successful Migration ProjectsYes
200+ page checklist SBS 2003 to SBS 2008Yes
200+ page checklist "Anything" to SBS 2008Yes
200+ page checklist SBS 2003 or 2008 to SBS 2011Yes
Methods for Achieving Zero DowntimeYes
There Are No Emergency MigrationsYes
The Network Documentation BinderYes
Quoting the Migration ProjectYes
Project InitiationYes
The Reality of Quoting in the SMB SpaceYes
Your Line CardYes
Labor EstimatesYes
Producing Two QuotesYes
Client Approval ProcessYes
Focus on Desktop MigrationsYes
PSA Project ManagementYes
The Checklist As A Living DocumentYes
Best Practices and Core PhilosophiesYes
Using a Troubleshooting and Repair LogYes
Microsoft-Centric HabitsYes
Your RMM as A "Best Practice"Yes
Profiles and ExchangeYes
Focus on ProfilesYes
Understand DirectoriesYes
Copying Profile PiecesYes
The User State Migration ToolYes
SBS Migration and Active DirectoryYesYes
Exchange MigrationYes
Database MigrationYes
Service Requests in Your PSAYes
The Big Picture on Timing: From Sales Cycle to Project CompletionYes
Major Work Before the Server MoveYes
Moving the Major ComponentsYes
Desktop to Desktop ProceduresYes
The Golden HoursYes
A Low-Stress Process That Can't FailYes
Spinoff ProjectsYes
Project CompletionYes
Project EvaluationYes
Case StudiesYes
Online ContentYesYes

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