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Migrating to Server 2003 Enterprise from SBS

I've just purchased a server and some server softwares such as server 2003 enterprise, ms exchange 2007, isa server 2006, sharepoint 2007.  How can I migrate my old 2003 SBS server data and information and users to this new server.  I have not installed the server softwares yet...because I need your recommendation on how best to do this with front end back end settings or other way that you think is best and more optimized.  

I've got no clue on doing this.  What is the first step I need to do?  Can I use my old SBS 2003 server for something?  Do I need to create a virtual server to test it?
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Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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You have two basic options:

1) Migrate to a new domain as detailed here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/d/c/6dccf9b4-d915-4c95-b5af-100b89e02add/SBS_MigratingSBS2k.doc

2) Upgrade your current SBS domain using the SBS Transition Pack - info on the transition pack here: http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/sbs/techinfo/overview/licensingfaq.mspx

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Well I've heard some discussion about the transition pack where it becomes problematic, so we have purchased a windows server 2003 enterprise along with some user CALS.

If I migrate using a new domain will that mean I will have to make changes on each 100 computers connected to the old server?
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Yes.  When you run ADMT to migrate the comptuer accounts, you will need all the client computers on and not in suspend or hibernate mode.  You may not need to actaully do anything on those computers but they do need to be on.
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edmund7s,

The two options that dons6718 described aren't actually correct.  Also, there are actually three options.

1.  The Transition Pack  (http://sbsurl.com/transition)
  The advantage of this is that you will convert your SBS into a Standard Server 2003, and Standard Exchange Server 2003.  In this way you can use the server in your new domain.  There are also very good financial reasons to get the Transition Pack but if you already bought standard CALs for the new server those may not be worth it at this point.

2.  Demotion and Removal of the SBS
  Rather than actually "Migrating" your domain, you would just add your NEW Server 2003 to the existing domain as a member server and then promote it to a Domain Controller.  Install Exchange 2007, then seize the FSMO roles from the SBS (because it doesn't like giving them up easily) and retire that machine from the network.  
Before promoting the new server to a DC, you need to update the AD Schema on your SBS.  See this for how to do that:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917385
See this about how to install Exchange 2007:  http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-Exchange-2007-Small-Business-Server-2003-domain-Part1.html
Then, most of what you need for removing the SBS is referenced in this KB article:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555846


3.  Use UMove (I've not tested this in a production environment)
  Lately, I've been hearing good things about a program that will move your AD to a new server.  It's reasonably priced, and the nice thing is that you can try moving it and if it doesn't work, you still have your exact network intact.  Check it out at http://utools.com/UMove.asp

While option 2 is the most complicated, it may be your best bet at this point unless you're willing to experiment with UMove.

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Thanks Jeff,

It's good to always have you around...you seem to know a lot more of the different methods people are using these days.  I appreciate you for that. :)

I can't do number 3 my budget is so limited (we're non-profit).  I'm trying to do number 2 although according to the instructions I might be needing another server for the exchange 2007.  I don't have another server, these two are the only ones, and I'm trying to use the old server (the SBS2k3) as my exchange 2007.

What can I do?
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I've actually just been advised by those who know that you shouldn't use UMove... so forget I mentioned it.

But I find it interesting that you say that $130.00 is beyond your budget, when you are moving from SBS to Enterprise Server 2003.  Even if you bought the licenses through TechSoup, the maintenance costs are going to be significantly more than SBS.   Did you grow beyond SBS's 75 user limit?

Jeff
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Yes...we are about to be 76 by next month.

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