Win 2003 SBS to new SBS server guidance
Posted on 2008-10-09
I'm getting ready to migrate a Windows 2003 SBS server to a new server.
I've ordered a new server, also with Windows 2003 SBS. I think there might be different SP levels, though.
I'm looking for a guideline to move everything over. Here's the what the server does now:
* Active Directory
* File server
* Webserver, including web exchange
* Peachtree (financial) database server
* Profile synchonization
Mostly, I'm looking for the best way to migrate the AD and Exchange mailboxes. I can handle moving the website over (it's just static HTML) and getting Peachtree set up and migrating the files.
Any links to existing articles are welcome. Any personal experience or caveats are certainly welcome, as well!
I haven't been real happy with the file synchronization option, mostly because if I restart the server then everyone has to know to click the "offline files" option to get re-connected to the server. So, I'm tempted to disable that, but I really like that the files get synched to the server so they get backed up. If there's any easy answer for that during the migration, let me know. I may ask a separate question if it gets too hairy.
I know I was frustrated with SBS when I first used it because I was used to doing everything in the MMC windows instead of through the wizards, and things just didn't work right. So, I'm trying to get a head start on that before I dive in.
Thanks! --- Wes