Install SBS 2008 and Migrate from Server 2003 Std

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a client that wants to purchase SBS 2008 but currently has Windows Server 2003 (non sbs) in their environment.  They have approx. 40 computers all users setup in Active Directory, DHCP reservation, etc.  I know that you can migrate FSMO roles amongst server (non sbs) and everything remains the same.  My question is, Is it possible or recommended to migrate from Windows Server 2003 Std to Windows Small Business Server 2008.
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    by:Philip Elder
    You would follow the SBS 2003 to 2008 migration guide without the Exchange portions.
    Make sure all PSTs have been exported if that is the current setup just prior to bringing things online with the new SBS 2008.


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    Before I try this in a test environment will this work on a Regular 2003 Server and not the SBS 2003.  The document only shows how to migrate from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and not Server 2003 to SBS 2008.  
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    Yes. You follow the document through for all of the relevant steps to transfer AD, shares, DHCP, DNS, and the like. Ignore Exchange since you are not using it.

    Testing is a good thing. Take an image and P2V your server into a VM and run the migration there to see if there are any hidden gotchas!

    Make sure you run the migration wizard on your Win2K3. You could even download and run the Essential Business Server migration preparation tool as it picks things up that the SBS one does not.


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