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SBS 2003 migration/transition to Windows Server 2003

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I am running SBS 2003 with everything except SQL. We run a separate SQL server. I am upgrading our equipment and want to get away from SBS. (We have 58 users now and expect to be up to around 80 soon) Which is the best way to do this? I have looked into the transition pack but if there is a better way I would like to know.

The current configuration is SBS with exchange, ISA, SUS, IIS, DHCP, DNS. 1 SPS server, SQL server, A/V server-Web server. I need to keep the SIDs and exchange stores and we want to rename the domain. Please let me know the best way to do this.
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DLW
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I would do it in two steps:
- Use the transition pack, as I don't see a more simple solution.
- Rename the domain, as this is not possible with SBS 2003.

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I was hoping there was another way. I really do not want the transition pack. Microsoft told me there was a way to migrate off SBS but no one there could tell me anything about it.
You can Migrate from SBS server using a couple of different methods keeping existing information:
1) Use the transition Pack, thisi sokay but you are doing an inplace upgrade and then moving products off to other server.

2) Jeff Middleton's SBS Migration Toolkit -www.sbsmigration.com
This is the cleanest way to move  keeping all of your active directory information.
This method does require accss to another Windows server, but it keeps your existing infastructure in place until you want to make the move to the full software.
Hope this helps,

David
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The complete documentation for Transition Pack is here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=BBCF7319-4947-4FD2-A2EA-145588765E68&displaylang=en

This is really the only method you should use as it will provide you the best use of the licenses you already have bought.

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Thanks, I wanted to stay away from the transition pack but I think you are right, it is the best way to do it. My concern was not the licenses but that no one at Microsoft was sure about the process. They could not even find the info you gave me.
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David
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Well, I'm not sure who you spoke with "at Microsoft" but always ask for the SBS Team if you are ever calling or chatting with them.

There are lots of blog posts regarding the Transition Pack as well... search Google and you will be pleased.

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How did the Transition Pack work out in the end?  Does anyone have direct experience with this migration path?  

Specifically, is it more effective to use than the migration kit to move AD information to a clean installation of Server 2003?  

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itdtech,

That is really a separate question and should be posted as such if you want all the available experts on this subject to respond.

Thanks.

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