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Migrate SBS 2003 from old server to a new replacement server

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This is a very good scenario for anyone who wants it...first the background setup..we have a cleint with a very old server running SBS2k3 standard and exchange is configured on it with mailboxes, PF, etc...we just received the new dell PE2900 server that is to replace their current SBS server..my question here is i have heard that a complete migration from one forest to the new forest is not necessary..is is possible, and if so can you provide me with documentation links, caveats,  etc..to do the following:

Bring up a temporary DC in their current domain, transfer all FSMO roles over to the temp DC, let DNS and AD replicate and sync, backup the old sbs box, sys state, excahnge stores, data but not whole OS, configure the new sbs server with the same hostname and IP, take down the old sbs server, introduce the new sbs server containing and AD structure very similar(name, OU structure, etc) and let AD replicate back to SBS because of USN's, etc, transfer FSMO roles back to SBS and not really have to worry about much else, save restoring client data, remounting exchange stores after restoring from backup, folders, etc? Will the client PCs currently joined to the domain stay joined after the temp DC is removed, name mappings, mapped drives, shares, SID's etc? or am i way off base here..if this is not possible please advise me of the best way and preferably fastest way of doing this replacement of the old SBS server with the new SBS server(running same OS version but different HW).. thanx in advance
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by:Partner_Systems
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BTW, i forgot to add this:  their AD domain environment is very simple, one level only with the default sbs OUs and 1 or 2 custom OUs..only a few custom GPOs in use and exchange is obviously onyl servicing one Org in one forest...
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There is some info at http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/sbs/upgrade/default.mspx
You will have to pick through it and extrsct the stuff that is relevant to your situation.
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The only reason I'm a bit hesitent here is I'm not quite sure how SBS DC will react in the presence of another SBS DC. My usual advice on an non SBS 2003 Server would be:-
Install the new server
Promote it to a DC in the existing Domain
Make sure that the second DC is configured as a Global Catalog Server
Install Active Directory integrated DNS
Install DHCP if required. If DHCP is set up them you must make sure both DHCP Servers are set up with appropriate scopes and not giving duplicate addresses. You can modify the scpoe later once the old machine is gone

Make sure that clients have the address on one DC as the Preffered DNS Server and the other as the Alternate DNS Server - either via DHCP or via manual settings

Transfer the FSMO roles to the new DC
Disconnect the old DC from the network for testing

If all OK then reconnect old CD then
Demote the old DC
Remove the old DC from the domain
Modify the DHCP Scope
Modify the Client DNS Settings and remove references to the old DC either via DHCP or via manual settings




see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801 and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504
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livegirllove earned 400 total points
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http://www.sbsmigration.com/

basically the best way to do it.  Well the worth the couple hundred.  the steps you outline in your post are basically it but the swing kit has nice vb script tools and step by step docs.

Ive used it on 12 swings with no trouble.  ok not no trouble, but a heck of a lot better than any of my previous tries.

My biggest problems have related to sharepoint and migrating the DB.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
Olaf De Ceuster earned 100 total points
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Can't beat the swing migration. (www.sbsmigration.com) Sharepoint can give you a bit of grief but usually a change of permissions and all is fixed.
Olaf
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by:livegirllove
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tx for the point.  My FIrst!!
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by:Partner_Systems
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Thanx for the prompt info..i am certainley going to purchase this and give it a run as it appears to beat a full AD migration, which i have had to do on the last 5 sbs replacements to new HW..as livegirllove posted first she gets most of the points but as olaf conccurs i am awarding some to him...also the first response was ecellent in its own right pertaining to standard server..i wish i could award points to KC but cannot as it was not related to sbs..no worries though i will post more in the furture as the come my way..thanx again

Nicholas
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Thanks Nicholas and good luck with the swing.
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