Server change over. How easy to migrate from SBS 2003 to a new server?

Full money solution wanted here, it could be a long one...

Okay the scenario is:

We have two aging servers here, one for email (exchange server, Windows 2003 domain server) and the other a file server (windows 2000 server). I have been landed with these two and want to upgrade to a new Windows 2003 SB Server with exchange. There are about 40 users on the system.

So, really looking for advise on whether to start afresh with a new server, load exchange etc. and then transfer the old mailboxes over, or do I "clone" the old server over to the new one? I would really like to start afresh, but am afraid that there may be "hidden" hurdles in transferring the old mailboxes over to the new users. Also, would peeps think it is possible to change over in a weekend as I don't want it to be "offline" during the working week.

Need more details, let me know :)
Jeremy BromleyIT ConsultantAsked:
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Your best bet would probably be to set up the sbs server and create your users and then use exmerge to pull the email from the old server to the new one.

I agree the best bet would be to bring the new server up in parralell with the existing one in place. You create the user accounts and all and then merge the old mailboxes into the new one.  As far as doing it over a weekend it should be very possible you can have alot of your leg work done before hand.  The thing that would take the longest would be the merge of the mailboxes.  depends on size and quantity.  But since you are going to SBS I am assuming... silly me....that this is a rather small org.  Good luck.  Joel
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
You don't have a choice given your requirement. SBS will not join another domain as it (SBS) has to be the domain master and hold all of the FSMO roles. SBS does not support trusts either.

Its a clean build however you want to look at it. Microsoft anticipated allowing a two week grace period for migration purposes but this is not supported and never materialised in practice.


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Jeremy BromleyIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips, I'll be keeping you posted about progress, as I haven't even specced up the new server yet, I'm still very much in the planning stages.
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
No problem. I would strongly suggest that you use the new Small Business Server Topic Area next time for your question. Most of us are cool with SBS but the guys in that particular topic area will be able to give you specific recommendations.


Jeremy BromleyIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Oh okay, didn't realise there was a seperate area there for it :) Cheers for the tip.
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Welcome :)
Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Thanks :)
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