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Can I upgrade SBS 2000 to windows 2003 without problems?

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I need some advice, we currently have small business server 2000 running, this has been fine until now, we will be expanding shortly and I have persuaded my boss to move away from SBS2000 and get separate servers for windows2003 and Exchange 2003 (all the eggs in one basket etc).
I have found a few document about migrating from exchange 2000 to 2003 but the question is after I do the exchange migration, can I simply upgrade the SBS2000 DC to a windows 2003 DC?
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As I know, you should have no problem doing the upgrade, just remember that you are upgrading windows 2000 to 2003 and you need to prepare the schema. The question is , right now you have a separete server running Exchange server or not? If the answers is yes, you have to upgrade firt the exchange and later the SBS

Here is a link where you can find some good info

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2003/plan/gsg/sbsgsgab.mspx
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by:petegib
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the exchange server being built in the next day or two, I have to do a plan of it all first before I attempt anything
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that means that you exchange is in the SBS 2000 right now?

Well if so, you could upgrade your SBS to 2003 and after that migrate your Exchange 2003.
You have to plan if you want a windows server 2003 with AD for exchage or not, I´ll recommend to not have an exchange in AD
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Keep the exchange server out of AD completely?
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or do you mean on a seperate server away from the AD DC?
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Well the recomendation is do not install Exchange in a DC,
as I undertand your plan is to have 1 server with SBS (AD) and 1 server member server with Exchange
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no currently we have SBS2000, I am in the process of building a seperate Exchange 2003 server.
once this is done, I will be upgrading the server with SBS2000 on to a 2003 DC
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just a question. Right now you have exchange runing in the SBS 2000 or not?
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yes, our exchange is running in SBS 2000 and I agree with you on the moving it away from the DC
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