Server Implementation/Best Practices.
I just purchased a new server running Enterprise Server 2008 x64 and am seeking clarification/advise on a couple of issues. Any help is greatly appreciated!
A couple points to consider&.
1. I would like to virtualize (I have Virtual Server 05) as much as possible to get best utilization of the new hardware.
2. My existing DC is also my Exchange and print server (MS Standard Server 2003) which will be formatted and redeployed.
3. Part of my implementation includes a migration to Exchange server 2007.
4. I dont like working weekends.
My first thought was to first setup a VS (virtual server) on the new server as a second DC then make it a master and then take the original DC off-line and setup a new second for redundancy. Should I attempt doing this on a VS or not? Then I was thinking I would setup a second VS and make it the new Exchange server. Once that is done and mailboxes moved, it could go off line. Should I attempt making the Exchange server a VS or not?
What would be the recommended way to transfer all the print functions to another server and get the clients updated? If I am heading into trouble, what are my options? I am sure I will have more questions. Thanks for all your help.
Our Current DC and Exchagne server is Standard Server 2003.