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SBS 2003 With Exchange 2003 Move Roles to STD 2003

Hi guys we have the following Scenario:

SBS 2003 With Exchange 2003:
70 Users

We are looking to do the following,
1. Keep the same Domain
2. Set Standard Server 2003 and perhaps move the FSMO roles
3. leave SBS 2003 running with Exchange 2003 (only for mail functionality)
4. Install new Exchange 2007 Server and migrate mailboxes
Once this is complete we will wipe the SBS box and install 2003 Standard.

We will purchase the necessary CAL'S and licenses as required.
My question is, is the following possible?
In order to achieve this do we  need to purchase a MS SBS migration kit or can we go without?

IF we transfer the FSMO roles from SBS to STD can we still have exchange 2003 running on the SBS box?

Thank you
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>>"do we  need to purchase a MS SBS migration kit "
No but if you purchase the transition pack there would be quite a savings with your CAL's as it migrates your licensing as well.

>>"IF we transfer the FSMO roles from SBS to STD can we still have exchange 2003 running on the SBS box?"
If you use SBS it must hole the FSMO roles. Even if you can find a way around it, it is a licensing violation.

Another consideration would be to stall a couple of months and move to Essentials Business Server 2008. It is SBS's big brother and is out in final beta release now. It uses Exchange 2007, multiple physical servers to allow for better performance, allows up to 250 users, and will have migration tools available.
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I am assuming if i purchase the migration toolkit i can get over this hurdle as it would remove a lot of the limitations and then i can work from there?

Can any one else comment we would prefer to move to Windows 2008 / 2003 Standard Platform
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Mate, you should listen to Rob...he really knows his stuff.

The SBS transition pack will remove all the SBS limitations such as 75 user limit, allow it to participate in Trusts etc. This would then allow you to move some of the roles around to other DC's in the domain.

As Rob says, SBS must hold all the FSMO roles, so if it remains in the domain without the Transition pack, you can't move the roles.

If you want to move away from SBS, purchase the transition pack and then introduce new servers into your domain.

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