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Moving SBS 2000 to a new server

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I want to install a new server that is to run SBS 2000. The old slow server is running SBS 2000 and will not be required after the new server is installed.  The partitions (bigger on the new server) and shares will be exactly the same as the old server. I also want to copy over the same domain, users, and exchange mailboxes onto the new server. is there a way to migrate all these over to the new server. I searched a question that was answered on this prevoiusly but the Knowledge base articles were all to do with SBS 2003
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This is a tough one. Essentially you want to bring up the new server, add it to the Domain, make it a domain controller move all of the roles to it. Then create another Exchange server, add it to the Eschange Site, so there are two. Move all mailboxes and public folders to the new exchange and then bring then remove Exchange from the old server, then do a DCPromo to remove active Directory from the old system and then you can shut it down for a few days and see if everything is kosher.

The share and folders would have to be copied, because the machines have to be up at the same time etc, so you would have to manaully change the mappings etc.

How many users? It might be easier to copy the mailboxes to PST's, create a new Server and new Active Directory, copy the Data over, create the users, and then add then join their computers to the new domain.

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Thanks for the prompt reply. I got 35 users on the system. I do have two other people to help me so I may just go for the mailbox to pst option you suggest. Just wondered If I create the new server exactly as the old (manually add users and groups), copy the data across and create the same domain do you think I will just be able to boot up the client machines and they will recognise the server straightaway? I will of course switch of the old server prior to acessing the new server. Thanks again
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No, if you make it the same name you will have problems, the clients will think it is the same domain, but the domain will know that those client computers do not have proper accounts. You can change all of the workstation to point to a workgroup first and them point them back to the domain afterwards. You will also have to deal with 35 new profiles, when the machines connect to the new server, they will create new profiles as well.

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Thanks for all your help
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Certainly, anytime, good luck with the move!


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