Windows 2003 migration from SBS 4.5

Posted on 2006-04-05
Last Modified: 2008-03-03
I have a new network going in this weekend and its basically this:

1 windows 2003 (standard) server
1 exchange 2003 (standard)
1 windows 2000 member server running SQL 2000
30 XP pro clients (internal)

this will replace what is running at present (SBS NT4.5/Exchange 5.5) the
only system coming accross will be the windows 2000 SQL server as a new
member to the W2K3 domain.

I will basically extract the contents of all current exchange 5.5 mailboxes to PSTs
and hope to re-import these to the new exchange 2003 server.

I will then remove all clients from current domain and add them back to the new domain
and log each user on and import thier old mail into their new mailboxes.

Can i move their old profiles? or migrate them? or will i have re-install all their old programs

I have also kept the same name for the new server as well as the same IP

Anything flawed in my plan?


Question by:dlloyd37
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Sounds ok... to migrate, the easiest thing to do, without buying a third party migration tool, is to download and use ADMT - The Active Directory Migration Tool - then you can migrate the users from the NT SBS server to the new domain, preserving profiles and permissions.

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    Accepted Solution

    If you are going to create pst you can use exmerge to export and import the data.
    Also since you are building a new enviroment, why not make the SQL server windows 2003, this way you can still run SQL 2000...otherwise later you will have to upgrade again. Besides the Windows 2000 / SQL 2000 had some bugs but with Windows 2003 and SQL 2000 less chance.
    There are only 30 clients, you will know your users machines, I would let them have their new profiles and extract information they need from the old profile.

    Author Comment

    I guess i'm too late to install the ADMT tool or use it.

    I have already created all the new accounts on the new server which match all those on
    the old domain. We have had a mass cull of accounts from the old domain and i would like
    to have a new clean system. I hope to login in as all the users one by one (having renamed
    their old profiles to .old) and then salvinging as much as i can from their old profiles. If i have to
    re-install certain things so be it.

    My new server has the same ip/name/ and can't be on the same network at the same time as
    my SBS server....

    Hope this is not impossile to do


    Author Comment

    I will be extracting the PSt's with an outlook client as opposed
    to exmerge.....will this be ok?
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    Expert Comment

    It's not a problem, just that exmerge is and automatic process and does a nice job without you having to connect to each mailbox and make pst. Sometimes you can have errors with outlook if there are bad information in some email, exmerge if perfered but it's only 30 clients.

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