Documentation and Procedures for Migrating Windows 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2000 to Windows Small Business Server 2003

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Looking for documentation and procedures for migrating from Windows 2000 server and Exchange Server 2000 to Windows Small Business Server 2003. Current configuration is a single server platform running Windows 2000 Server (running as a domain controller) with Exchange Server 2000. Server has all of the latest service packs and is currently running without any problems. We have purchased brand new server hardware to run Windows SBS 2003 SP2.
I am looking for the best, tried and true documentation detailing the tasks and procedure for migrating the windows 2k and exchange server 2000 to the SBS 2003. Also, any hints, tips and tricks and things to watch out for, with an eye towards accomplishing all of this with minimal down time.

Just to inlcude a note on my experience - I have previously migrated a Windows NT server and Exchange Server 5.5 to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 - a process that was eventually successful, outside of a few white knuckle issues...

Thanks in advance for the help
Question by:intellica
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    There's the official method:

    And then there's the better method:

    The method is a definite no white-knuckle experience because it's all done off-line and then swung into place.  Lots of good guidance with a host of experience to help you out.

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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    FYI, since you are going from separate servers (not SBS2000) to SBS2003, I would absolutely say you should go with


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    Jeff -thanks for the reply.
    Of course after searchng the ee kb I did find tons of similar queries with most of them favoring I guess I was just looking for additional, recent confirmation.
    After looking at sbsmigration, I do have one question for clarification - the swing procedure outline seems to indicate I need a spare hardware platform to perform the swing? - perhaps the answer is obvious but I wanted to be sure.
    Thanks again.
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    You do need a spare "machine" for the swing.  But that can be a virtual machine, it can be your laptop, one of the workstations, whatever.  In my opinion you should ALWAYS have a spare workstation available in every office because the over the course of a couple years or so, there will always be at least one hard drive crash and that can stop a person from working for an entire day.  So the cost is easy to justify.


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