Originally Posted by jibi
You could also do the database restore afterwards, to be perfectly honest. Just stop the BES and SQL services, copy the MDF/LDF files and overwrite the ones created during the installation process on the new server, and restart your services (SQL first, obviously). The only thing a BES installation is doing for you in this process is creating the system tables and some other stuff - the database created can be overwritten once you're up to SP4 (the MR releases won't make database updates, I don't believe).
That makes sense. Do the SRP and CALs all come from the database? Is it possible to do the initial install without entering an SRP (to avoid taking the original BES down, and not have my SRP locked out)? Seems like that would make sense, do the install without an SRP, patch up to the right version, then do the DB backup/restore over the installation DB (recovering the SRP, CALs, and all the config), and I'm (hopefully) up and running...