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
- Staying on time
- Staying in budget
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!
Comparison: Network Migration Workbook and SBS Migration Toolset
|Process||Network Migration Workbook||SBS Migration Toolset|
|Introduction to Migrating the Windows Environment||Yes|
|Modern Migration Strategies||Yes|
|What's The Best For Your Client?||Yes|
|Working During Normal Business Hours||Yes|
|Consulting Assistance Available||Yes||Yes|
|Tools and Rules||Yes|
|Using a Ticketing System to Track Migrations||Yes|
|Dealing with Interruptions from Clients and Employees||Yes|
|Documentation Templates for Everything!||Yes|
|Communication Processes and Templates||Yes|
|SMB Consulting Project Management||Yes|
|Network Discovery and Inventory||Yes|
|Inventory: Physical Assets||Yes|
|Inventory: Services and Resources||Yes|
|Building the Plan||Yes|
|Writing the Plan||Yes|
|Goal Setting: Treating Your SBS Migration Like an Employee||Yes|
|Dealing with Client Objections||Yes|
|Pricing Your Project||Yes|
|Getting Approval for the Project||Yes|
|Budgeting, Adjusting, and Final Draft||Yes|
|Running Successful Migration Projects||Yes|
|200+ page checklist SBS 2003 to SBS 2008||Yes|
|200+ page checklist "Anything" to SBS 2008||Yes|
|200+ page checklist SBS 2003 or 2008 to SBS 2011||Yes|
|Methods for Achieving Zero Downtime||Yes|
|There Are No Emergency Migrations||Yes|
|The Network Documentation Binder||Yes|
|Quoting the Migration Project||Yes|
|The Reality of Quoting in the SMB Space||Yes|
|Your Line Card||Yes|
|Producing Two Quotes||Yes|
|Client Approval Process||Yes|
|Focus on Desktop Migrations||Yes|
|PSA Project Management||Yes|
|The Checklist As A Living Document||Yes|
|Best Practices and Core Philosophies||Yes|
|Using a Troubleshooting and Repair Log||Yes|
|Your RMM as A "Best Practice"||Yes|
|Profiles and Exchange||Yes|
|Focus on Profiles||Yes|
|Copying Profile Pieces||Yes|
|The User State Migration Tool||Yes|
|SBS Migration and Active Directory||Yes||Yes|
|Service Requests in Your PSA||Yes|
|The Big Picture on Timing: From Sales Cycle to Project Completion||Yes|
|Major Work Before the Server Move||Yes|
|Moving the Major Components||Yes|
|Desktop to Desktop Procedures||Yes|
|The Golden Hours||Yes|
|A Low-Stress Process That Can't Fail||Yes|
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