SBS 2000 migration to 2003 on a different server but in same domain ????
Posted on 2006-05-02
Just thinking about a sbs install I need to do and trying to see if there are any shortcust s which will mean I dont have to go round 50 machines and migrate profiles. as usually I just build a new domain, run it by the side of the old one, go round computers and move form old domain to new, etc.
However Is it possible to have a sbs 2000 server running in a domain called domian. Then on a seperate box install sbs 2003, but somehow join the 2003 server as a member server first (before the sbs wizard kicks off the next stage of the sbs install). Migrate all data accross, exctract mail to psts using exmerge. . Then upgrade the 2000 active dir so it has the 2003 bits in it. Promote the 2003 server to be a domain controller, demote the 2000 server out of domain, then do the sbs install process (on the new 2003 to get Exchange 2003 on, import the psts back into exchange with exmerge.
Only thing is I have never tried it and it sounds too good to be true. Anybody got any ideas?