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Migrating Exchange 2003 from SBS 2003 and moving it to Windows 2003 member server

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We are moving 25 users from exchange server 2003 on SBS 2003 to a new Windows 2003 member server as our current server has reached capacity for storage and processor. Standard copy of exchange server will be installed on member server. Does anyone know if they are any complications when you uninstall exchange server from SBS? Will it cause any problems? I also dont want to log into all the workstations and change the exchange server under outlook settings. Should I keep the old exchange server hanging around for a week?

We have access to all Microsoft software so software licensing will not be a problem for us. We are going to keep the current SBS server for a while. I will use the swing migration process. I am just concerned that SBS is designed to be a one server solution and splitting this may cause problems. Has anyone done it successfully and would like to share any problems during and after the migration?

Here is the process I am thinking of doing.

1)      Install exchange on the member server
2)      Synchronize all folders, transfer exchange roles
3)      Move mailboxes to new server
4)      Remove Synchronization
5)      Uninstall exchange from SBS server

Thanks Experts in Advance
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If this works succesfully, I'll give 500 points to saakar_rao as well :)
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Thanks Saakar for your input and the link. I had a look at this article before and its really good and definitely one I am gong to use. The only thing I am concerned is uninstalling exchange 2003 from the SBS server after moving it the new server. WIll SBS complain? Will everything run ok?
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It should run ok, since we have just removed a role from that server and migrated to another that should not be a issue here
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