we're moving fromSBS 2003 to SBS 2008. Would like some advice if possible ?
Having looked at the microsoft migration path have decided that I may as well do a fresh install of the server and applications.. That way I do not loose a backout path.
First question - If I leave the domain name and ip address of the new server the same as the old one then I guess that I can power of the new and power on the old server anytime - In other words I can work on the new server outside of hours and put the old one back up in time for production.
This will give me some time in which to set up the new server, and an old server to use in case of catastrophic failure of the new server - ie. we have backups but something else could fail.
Second question - When the new server gos live I wil need to migrate the exchange mailboxes and calenders across from the old one - can you advise on the best way to do this.
We only have six users , I was thinking that I might just export the calenders and mail (.psts) on each client PC, and then just reimport them when the new server is active.
Third - If I use the same domain name and users then I expect the client PCs to connect without problems, or do I need to set up the users again on the clients.
Install 2008 in migration mode
This will then join the existing domain, transfer the FSMO's to the new server, allowing 3 weeks before your old server shuts down.
you then use the wizards to migrate Mailboxes over to the new server (out of hours is best then you can just have users sign on to the new server when they come in)
Then move shares etc using robo copy (to keep NTFS permissions)
Then move printers
Then you can sadly decommission the server after the 21 days
You wont be able to do what you asked in Q1 because Active directory works with SIDs not names, therefor by doing it this way you will have to rebuild your whole domain.
Q2 Use the MS migration way.. its much easier, but you can use exmerge to extract PST data under 2Gb.
Q3 you will have to set them all up again, because even if the name is the same, all the SIDs and other importan data is different to the PCs/Server.