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SBS2000 to Windows Server 2003, Which migration strategy do I follow?

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Hello,

My company will be migration from Small Business Server 2000 to a single domain Windows Server 2003.  Which kind of strategy should I follow for the migration?  SBS2000 -> SBS2003 or WS2000 -> WS2003

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by:Sembee
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Skip going to SBS 2003 - you want as few steps as possible.
I would look at putting a new machine on to the network as a Windows 2003 member server. Then run the domain prep tools to turn the domain in a 2003 mixed. DCPROMO the new machine in to the domain.
You can then move everything you need, files, Exchange etc to the new machine before DCPROMO SBS out.

Simon.
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I forgot to mention that we will be changing the domain name as well from nyc.domainname.com to corp.domainname.com
Does that put a damper on anything?
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It does somewhat - but will mean it will be a clean domain.
SBS will not trust. That means you are going to have to add another hop using a third machine.
Do what I indicated above. Once the SBS server is gone you can trust. Build a new domain straight in to Windows 2003 with your new domain. Trust the two domains. Move data (again). Move clients etc etc. Once complete, break trust and shutdown old domain.

You might want to use VMWARE or something similar on a 30 day trial to test or help with the migration. It is a really helpful to have.

Simon.
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So what you are saying is.  Add a new 2k3 machine and migrate all the info from the SBS2000 server to it and then get rid of the SBS2000 machine.

Then make hte new domain on a third machine and migrate all the info from the first 2k3 machine to the new one with the new domain name.

Am I following correctly?  

PS I have increased the point level for your continued support Sembee
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Pretty much.
You need to get rid of SBS as this limits your options. Once SBS has been removed you are in to a conventional domain and the usual upgrade stratergies apply.

Simon.
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Will the migration from the SBS2000 to a Windows Server 2003 go OK, or are there any special strategies I will need to follow for that.

I am pretty sure that we will not be using exchange 2003 on the new server.
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That migration should go ok - although thinking about it I would prefer to add a Windows 2000 domain controller to the SBS network then upgrade over the trust. The second domain controller is only an intermin step - so spend as little time on it as possible. Putting another Windows 2000 server instead of 2003 will do that.

Don't forget that you cannot run Exchange 2000 on Server 2003. If you want to run Exchange 2000 then you will need Server 2000. Exchange 2003 will run on Server 2000 though.

Simon.
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Thanks Simon,

I will keep this up for a couple of days incase you think of anything else that may help me.
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How did the upgrade go? Did you use the miration kit, or use the outline above? I will be doing the same thing, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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by:The_Lighthouse
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Same here! I need to do this in a week, also that link is dead.
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by:dccunn64
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What was the outcome/solution of this suggestion?  I am moving from SBS2k to W2k3 seperate application servers and am anxious to hear the results.
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by:rubienknight
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Hey Mark, Lighthouse and DCcunn,

I have got to do this soon as well. What mattered did you guys end up using and how did it go?

Thanks!
rubienknight
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