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Migrate out of SBS 2003

ecosys asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi –
  We are currently outgrowing our SBS 2003 standard’s 75 user’s license.

We are using our SBS 2003’ mostly for Exchange; we would like to purchase licensed copies of Windows 2003 Standard and Exchange 2003 and installed them on the server that is currently running SBS 2003.

Our current SBS 2003 is servicing:
                  Active Directory Domain Controller

Would like to replace the SBS 2003 with
                  Windows 2003 Standard
                  Exchange 2003
Ideally we would like to migrate everything to the new server.

 What is the recommended way for this process?

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Go to the following link and it tells how to accomplish the switch to 2003 server  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555073
It looks like there are references that address exchange also
Here is a link for more information on the Transition Pack. I just looked at it briefly but it appears you can convert you current cals and server licensing to full versions  http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/sbs/techinfo/planning/transition.mspx

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I have done a few transition pack moves. I highly recommend that you purchase the new server and move exchange onto it! Leave the domain controller roles alone. The transition pack prettymuch runs a 2003 server install on your sbs. Then it is just a matter of installing exchange on the other server and following MS guidance on moving the mailboxes and "removing the first exchange 2003 server". Super easy!


Thanks wingatesl
Unfortunately we don't have budget for a new server so it look like we would need to install the new Windows 2003 server and Exchange onto the server that is currently running our SBS 2003.

You can run the transition pack and leave all services running on the original server if you like. That gives you 2003 standard as a domain controller and exchange 2003 standard on the same server. Not exactly best practice but will definately work. Actually that is what the transistion pack does initially. you just cut out the new server part. My question though is why move away from the SBS if you are keeping the services on the same server?


With using the transition pack would it convert our current CALs on SBS 2003 to regular Windows 2003 standard/Exchange 2003 CAL?
There is a CAL transition part as well. Microsoft's pricing reflects what you would have spent if you purchased the pieces individually. This ensures that you don't get trapped with SBS
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