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Best way of moving from SBS 2003?

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We need to replace our old SBS 2003 server (single server in domain), and I'm looking at various ways we can do that. I heard that SBS causes all sorts of problems if you introduce another server to the domain and try to make it the domain controller, is that correct? (for example, when you try and move the roles to the new server you have to move everything within 15 days after which SBS stops working?)

I was thinking SBS 2008 would be the best new server to use, as the users are all currently using Exchange and want to continue doing so. The problem is, we need to make sure the old server will keep working for a while alongside the new one, can SBS 2003 and 2008 work alongside each other in the new domain? We would want the 2008 server to have the master roles and be the domain controller as soon as possible, but don't want the old server to be decommissioned any time soon because of the Exchange data / mailboxes on it which obviously need to be accessible.

Or would it be easier all round to just try and create a brand new domain and somehow migrate the Exchange data etc. onto it?

What would be the best way of doing this?

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Something like this:

Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Transition Pack
First of all Microsoft offers a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Transition Pack. This pack converts Small Business Client Access Licenses to Windows Server and Exchange Server Client Access Licenses, which would mean you could make your transition without having to purchase new licenses. I would contact my Regional Center*to find out if Microsoft has plans to make a Transition Pack available to go from Windows Small Business Server to Windows Server 2008 and Exchange Server 2007. The tool will help you transition technically as well.
This is how I*recommend you'd*do it:
• Document current settings
• Apply latest servicepacks and hotfixes on Windows Small Business Server 2003
• Get both x86 and x64 media kit for your server
• Use x64 media kit to install Windows Server 2008 x64 on server hardware
• Install and configure anti-virus, UPS and backup software
• Use x86 media kit to run adprep steps on your Small Business Server
• Run DCPROMO on Windows Server 2008 and make it a Domain Controller for the existing Small Business Server domain. Don't give it any FSMO roles.
• Install Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on top of Windows Server 2008 in the same Exchange organization as your Windows Small Business server
• Install and (re)configure anti-virus, anti-spam, disclaimer*and backup software
• Move mailboxes from your Small Business Server to your Exchange Server
• Configure proper mail routing and reconfigure firewall rules
• Optional: Migrate files from Small Business Server fileshares*to Windows Server 2008 fileshares
• Optional: Migrate printer settings from Small Business Server to Windows Server 2008
• Optional: Configure Routing and Remote Access on Windows Server 2008
• Optional: Migrate any Line of Business programs running on Windows Small Business Server
• Reconfigure loginscripts (when in use)
• Make final backup of Windows Small Business Server
• Shut down Small Business Server (format drives as soon as possible)
• Seize Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles on Windows Server 2008
Change the IP and name
When you move mailboxes using the Move Mailbox Wizard from your Windows Small Business Server to Exchange Server 2007 within the same Exchange Organization, you won't need to change the Outlook settings on your clients anyway... This is a Outlook feature.
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