Upgrade Version of SBS 2003 - Installing on New Hardware

Our office has SBS 4.5 and will be upgrading to SBS 2003, finally!

Our existing server is older than the hills, so we'll be installing SBS 2003 on a new server.

My question is, in order to use the upgrade version of SBS 2003 Premium, along with the Upgrade CALs, do I first need to re-install SBS 4.5 on the new server so that it knows I have a valid upgrade path? Or will it just ask for the 4.5 disks or something?

It seems pointless to reinstall 4.5 and we've had a few reps tell us to migrate everything from our 4.5 server onto the new server with 4.5 (AD and all) before we install the upgrade to SBS 2003.

Is there an easier way?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
NO!  :-)  You don't want to install 4.5 on your nice new machine!  Tell those reps they don't know what they are talking about!

In fact, an in-place upgrade of 4.5 to SBS2003 is not supported... it must be migrated.  The Upgrade version of the software is not any different... you just need to have the older version as a condition of purchase.

This doc tells it all:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/f/a/6fa5ebc5-5a0f-4990-8833-ed24f4da4289/SBS_MigratingSBS45.doc


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philodendrinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Jeff.

This is what I had thought. Should have known better than to take tech. advice from a software rep.

- Phil
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