We've recently taken over a small SBS2003 environment at a small local government agency (50 users). Today, the SBS refused to boot from the SCSI HDD, which Dell replaced for us in an astounding 2 hours. We do have backups of the Exchange stores and data, and of the "system state" (this server had BackupExec), but are not sure that the Active Directory objects were ever backed up. Tonight and tomorrow, we are rebuilding the server. If we re-create everyone's accounts manually (we don't know yet if we can access the data from the HDD), are we going to run into issues restoring their Exchange accounts, file permissions, etc?
We are advising this agency to move away from SBS and to separate Windows Server products in the very near future (a few weeks) ... they are growing to the point where it would be helpful to separate server functions, and when the SBS crashed, there was no backup domain controller or DNS to take over. Is there anything we need to consider NOW to make that next transition more straightforward?