How do I move away from Small Business Server 2003?

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a client that is on windows small business server 2003.  They have reached the limit of what that server can provide them, and need to migrate to the full blown server and break off SQL , exchange etc on to different boxes.  is this possible?  Or does the whole domain, user accounts and mailboxes have to be recreated from scratch?  I can pretty easily export the user email to pst files and re import them into the new exchange server, but what about user accounts, and the domain itself?  
Question by:navycow
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    The Transition Pack will upgrade your licenses to full product licenses and allow you to upgrade the domain to a full blown domain. Then you can start moving off various components onto separate servers.

    If you don't want to buy that then yep, it's time to look at a new domain and exporting mail to PSTs. User Accounts would have to be manually recreated, or created by script in that case.

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    build a new exchange server into the same org move the mailboxes.  With regards to sql, build a new sql server restore / move the databases into the new server and point the applications to the new database server
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    by:Chris Dent

    With regard to Exchange, if you simply move Exchange onto a new server without dealing with the SBS Domain you'll be stuck with the limitations and constraints SBS places on the domain.

    It's important to either upgrade properly or start from scratch.

    MS have a compiled document on this one fortunately :)

    It covers just about everything, including a few shortcuts to help move across some of your existing domain should you choose not to go for the Transition Pack.

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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Starting from scratch doesn't make sense because the transition pack is priced to even out the discount.  If you start from scratch, you're paying for new licenses when the transition pack essentially "upgrades" the existing licenses at a lower cost.

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