Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007
In the past an upgrade or migration of Systems Management Server (SMS) to Configuration Manager 2007 was not an easy process. You could migrate the SMS 2003 environment side-by-side manually or by using scripts, but at the end of the process you were not able to monitor the migration of your objects. Very often a greenfield (new) environment was created next to the old SMS infrastructure, and the objects that were needed in the new Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure were re-created by hand.
For Configuration Manager 2012, Microsoft invested a lot of time to create a good, solid migration scenario that is easily managed. The new feature, called a side-by-side migration, allows you to ...