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Migrate to SBS 2008 Standard

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Hello Experts,

This may sound like an odd line of questioning, and you can feel free to tell me I'm off my rocker with it :)

I have a client that has a Windows 2003 Standard server (DC) which is also running Exchange 2003 on a single box. We are going to upgrade them (well me anyway) to SBS2008 Standard on a NEW server...now the fun part: It appears that the migration path is a bust to go directly from one to the other, so here is my simple mind over thinking it;

In place upgrade the existing server to SBS2003? (can this be done, I have not found and docs for Win2k3 to SBS2k3)

Then follow the migrate SBS 2003 to sbs2008 support docs (which I do know work, as I have made this move many times) and end up with all the users, shares, and mail stores from the server1 on server2 with the new SBS2008.

Any thought's?

Is it going to work?

Better plans?

Thanks in advance

Mark
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I would recommend looking into the tools provided by SwingMigration.com They offer a kit, which is basically very detailed documentation, and 90 days personal support. Jeff Middleton is a specialist at all sorts of SBS migrations and offers a kit to specifically meet your need. The cost is $200 but well worth the investment. The migration documentation is much more systematic than Microsoft's, can be done in stages and at any point reversed. Following link under Project Scenarios shows your path:
http://www.sbsmigration.com/libs/fck_editor/editor/pages/13/
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RobWill, Thanks for the tip!

I ordered the full boat kit and it is VERY detailed for my needs. May save me the entire weekend doing it the (my) hard way.
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Thanks durango099. Good luck with the migration, and don't be afraid to contact Jeff if you have any glitches, he is a genius in this unique area.
Cheers!
--Rob
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