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Starting Over with SBS 2008

Josiah Rocke
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Hello! I know there are plenty of "migration" thread out there. I am familiar with the "official" migration method and have used the "swing" migration method as well. I'm considering NOT migrating. Here is why:

Our network currently consists of 33 workstations on a SBS 2003 domain. We have 27 active Exchange accounts. Currently, all drive mappings & printer shares are handled through an old script (dating back to Server 2000). We have had a number of issues related to security, logon scripts, user profiles, etc, so I'm leaning towards starting over with the AD and group policy. I'm sure what we have could be cleaned up, but I'm not familiar enough with scripting to do it. I am familiar with the more "official" group policy tools in 2003/2008.

Based on the above, I have the following questions:

1. Given the relatively few number of users & workstations, is starting over a viable option?
2. Can I install SBS2008 to a virtual machine in VPC and do some of the setup and then transfer the machine the new server we are purchasing in the fall? (I'm thinking I could then take the entire summer to create the new user/computer accounts, develop & test group policy, etc)
3. Yes or no to either of the previous, how would you recommend I proceed?

Thanks! I will check back often and add any additional info that is requested.
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