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Migrate from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium

Our current network has two  Windows 2003 servers. Both are domain controllers. One is a SQL server and the second one is an Exchange 2003 server. While it can change, my plan is to migrate to a Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium network. We have have to new out of the box Dell Power Edge 2900. Again, One will be the SQL and the other will be an Exchange server. This time I plan on making the Sql server the domain controller and having the Exchange server be a member server only. The first problem I encounter is during the installation of the first server os.  I am prompted to enter a unique "internal domain name". If I try to enter the name of my existing internal domain, it is not allowed.  So my question is if I enter a new domain, what happens to the old domain?  Will I have to switch all of the client computers to the new domain (alot of work)? I have not been able to find this particular migration scenario in the Microsoft Technet. Does such a paper exist?  Are there some good articles or books on SBS 2008 Premium installation/migration?  Or is everything going to just fall into a logical place as I answer all of the prompts during the install.  Thank you, Mark
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suppsawsCommented:
yes there are many articles, I've bundled them:
http://sbs.editme.com/sbs2008migration
how many users is this domain? because maybe a migration is not such a good idea in this scenario.
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MarkSnark1Author Commented:
We have about 30 users.  Thank you, for the articles.  I will look at them today.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
If you're using SBS 2008 you can't make your "Exchange Server" a member server.

Exchange is an integral part of SBS 2008 and it will be installed automatically as part of the SBS 2008 installation.  Assuming that you've purchased the Premium Edition, your SQL server will be installed on the second Server 2008 Standard Edition (which can be a DC if you like, but I wouldn't suggest it).

While there is no official white-paper from Microsoft for migrating from Standard Server 2003 to SBS 2008, there is a very good series of articles that Roger Crawford wrote, which you'll find here:

Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 1 - SBS 2003 and beyond:
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sbs/standard-server-2003-migration-to-sbs-2008-part-1/

Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 2 - SBS 2003 and beyond:
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sbs/standard-server-2003-migration-to-sbs-2008-part-2/

Standard Server 2003 Migration to SBS 2008 Part 3 - SBS 2003 and beyond:
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sbs/standard-server-2003-migration-to-sbs-2008-part-3/

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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NetSolve-VACommented:
Did you ever get an answer on what to do for the Internl Domain Name?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The answer is that the question shouldn't even occur in the first place if the proper migration method is followed.  

The domain name will remain the same, but you won't ever be prompted for it.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Sorry... I was thinking of how it works from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.

If you are coming from a Standard Server 2003 environment, then follow the steps outlined in the articles I provided above.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
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