Solved SBS 2003 to SBSE 2011 Migration Failed

May 14, 2012 at 21:54:57
Specs: SBS Essentials 2011, Q6600 / 8GB DDR2
The migration failed from the SBS 2003 box. I had gone into the logs and dcpromo was failing so brought up the task manager and kill the migration wizard. I transferred all 5 FSMO roles and I was able to transfer everything else and the AD was fine, so I dcpromo the old box and took it off the network. I set up the DNS on the SBSe box and I set up DHCP on the router.
DCdiag has no errors and I was able to setup my shares and verify my users, but when I try to launch the dashboard I get

"You have not finished setting up Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. You cannot open the Dashboard until you complete the server setup."

So is there a way or a registry entry that I can modify to let SBSe know that I'm done with the setup so that I can launch the Dashboard?

Just a heads up, I do have this posted over at technet as well.

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May 25, 2012 at 00:33:43
Well the solution was to give up. Spent over 2 weeks trying to find an answer, and I have used every hack in the book. A incomplete install is just that, incomplete.

I formatted the server and recreated the domain, manually backed up and moved all the users and data. I also had to backup all the domain computers and move the data and profiles from those computers as well.

So the migration was a cluster F*C# but all and all, I am happy with the new setup.

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June 1, 2012 at 12:34:44
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I know that this won't help you now, but it may help someone in the future. describes a similar issue with SBS 2011 standard and the fix may apply to essentials as well.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
IT Support for Small Businesses

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June 1, 2012 at 12:57:22
I saw this when I was doing my research, it was not applicable. But you get best answer being the only person that has responded to this post.

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