I am doing a server replacement on a sbs 2003 box. They are just replacing the physical server with a better, faster one. I have done several of these types of upgrades. One time I used Microsoft's migration plan to go from one physical server to another. Another time I used Jeff Middleton's "swing Migration" method with horrible results. The third time I just built the new server from scratch and restored the data (no exchange involved) but had to touch every workstation as the sid's changed. What is the best method to use? I would like to keep the same server and domain name if possible, although I'm not sure if that's recommended. One other question I have is if I build the new server from scratch and restore everything. How do I restore the exchange database and AD, can I simply do it through the backup restore or are there special methods for this? I know this is a lot. I just need some direction on how to go.
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