Need reccommendations on migrating from Windows 2003 Small Business Server to Windows 2008 Full Suite
Posted on 2007-11-14
We currently have a SBS 2003 environment and want to move to a 2008 environment. We have explored the options to upgrade to SBS 2008 and then purchase transition packs to go from SBS to the Full Suite of server products, but this may be more costly than buying new licenses for all the server products, and my experience with Microsoft Upgrades has been less than satisfactory.
What other options do I have for the migration? I was considering adding the new 2008 server as a DC in the SBS 2003 domain and attempting the transfer of all FSMO roles to it. This would break the SBS server because of the AD requirements, but as long as I have the AD moved to the new server, I can install Exchange 2007 on the new server, and import the mailboxes (that I previously exported). Is this feasible? Or am I missing some key factors...
All recommendations are appreciated. My main concern is keeping the Domain intact during this transition. I really don't want to start from scratch it possible.