SBS 2000 to SBS 2008

Steve Knight
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A customer asked me recently about upgrading their SBS 2000 to SBS 2008 on new hardware....

I know of the various swing methods etc. from 2000 to 2003, and that 2008 has upgrade paths from 2003 and that I suspect there is no easy path here.  My thoughts are "not worth the hassle", "don't get involved" personally not being an SBS person -- I have been involved in a few SBS projects but generally big businesses with tens to thousands of servers, multiple DC's. Domino, Exchange etc. which a completely different kettle of fish.  Without SBS I'd bolt a new server in, update AD, make it a DC, install Exchange etc. and migrate the data over... but this is SBS.

We are talking less than 20 users, I put the SBS 2000 in originally when it was new technology after recovering from a SBS 4.5 someone else broke and it is showing it's age.

Anyone been through this scenario specifically or offer pointers, I don't need great detail at the moment, obviously I've had look around MS site and googling myself but thought I'd ask the experts opinions...

thanks

Steve
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There is actually a migration guide here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b86e2af5-782b-4001-bf86-d872028a4619

"My thoughts are "not worth the hassle", "don't get involved" personally"

Not normally thought that cross my mind, the important thing is that you follow the instructions, don't do what I did on my first Migration and and say "I know how to do that I don't need to read the instructions" and you will be fine.

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Bizarre, I searched and looked at various bits on MS before, not sure how I managed to miss that one, thanks dematzer!!

If it was for my own companypersonally I'd be all up for it, but when it is for a company that don't necessarily want to pay much to get the job done and the like that is what I meant -- I didn't mean it wasn't worth upgrading, just if it was going to be a 3 way 2000 to 2003 to 2008 upgrade then I'd rather not potentially spend 3 weeks upgrading this guys server!  They have also spread various other apps into the mix on the box, SQL, and accounts package and the like so we need to pull them off elsewhere too first.

Anyway thanks for that, and sorry I somehow missed the obvious!

I'll close this off for now and have a read of the MS document and may pick your / others brains on the subject later if needed.

thanks

Steve

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Thanks for pointing out the obvious to me!  Will read and come back if needed.

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Hmm, that could be worse..... I don't like the "export all mail to PST files" and load each user up into Outlook and import them..... routine though.... you don't get this nonsense on Domino servers :-)

I wonder why they haven't suggested using exmerge or similar?

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There is no reason you can't use Exmerge to export the data from exchange 2000 but you cannot use it to import the data back into Exchange 2007
you need to use the import-mailbox command.

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Thanks.  Will work the doc through and identify what I need for their system and see what is do-able..

Steve

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