The Network Migration Workbook - Zero Downtime Migration Strategies for Microsoft Networks
Let's be honest, anyone can perform a network migration WITH downtime. You simply kick everyone off the system, put the client out of business for some period of time, and push through until you're done.
Without downtime is another story. 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!
Zero Downtime Migrations Are Not Easy -- But They Are Manageable. ZDTMs require only a few key skills. First, you need to be a good project manager. For SMB projects, this is a skill you can learn very quickly. Second, you need a very thorough and complete checklist. You need to be able to manage the project while one of your technicians executes the project. Third, you need a process that is repeatable and profitable. That means staying inside the scope of work.
It also means you have to quote the job properly!