sbs 2003 to sbs 2008 questions

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
I am migrating from SBS 2003 Standard to SBS 2008 Standard.  Never done this before, so all help is appreciated.  

After reviewing some of the documentation from MS on the subject, it seems to me that it might be easiest to just create a new domain, and import the mailboxes into the new exhange installation.  The time involve in backing up ther old box alone would be hours, and then the various checks and patches, and then the answer file, and then there's my skepticiosm about the whole thing going smoothly.  Anyway, I just think I could set up a new box more cleanly and quickly, and then copy/import all relevant data from the old box.  

There are about 10 PCs on the LAN, a couple more using VPN from another office.  There are also 6 or so PDAs using Active Sync.  There are about 15 to 20 users in AD.  One final consideration, there is also a Server 2003 running as a Terminal Server for remote users to access applications at the main office.

Like I said, it's intuitive, but I think a clean install of SBS 2008 Standard on the new hardware might be the quickest and easiest path.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Peter T.
Question by:pntiemann
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    Most of the problems we have had with SBS come during the migration. You should be able to do this in a weekend. Alternatively, you can try the swing migration kit, and that is supposed to work pretty well and has been recommended numerous times by people here.

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    Thanks tntmax.  If no other ooppinions out there, points are yors at end of day today.


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