SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 without Exchange or Sharepoint or SQL
Posted on 2011-02-21
I did read the indepth howto on moving from SBS 2003 to WIndows Server 2008 R2.
1st: we only use exchange for our voicemail system which is being replaced with a whole new phone system. This is a great time for me to move to Windows Server 2008 R2
2nd: We dont use share point at all.
3rd: Do i really need SQL desktop engine in this case?
Since we only have about 20 users on this network and only 1/2 actually use an exchange mailbox to get their voicemail. I thought about just killing exchange so I dont have to worry about migrating the mailboxes. I can tell the phone system to send msg's to the users desktop phone instead. Not a problem.
I have DHCP running on another server which I would like to get up and runnning on the new Windows 2008 R2 server as well.
I do have one other regular 2003 server running as a DC just in case something went wrong with the SBS 2003 server. It's running as a secondary DNS server as well.
So my plan was to uninstall exchange from the sbs 2003 and remove the users mail accounts... and I roughly understand what to do with the sbs 2003 to windows server 2008 R2 migration guide.
Eventually I do want to add exchange 2010 to a second windows 2008 R2 server.
Any advice? Is there an easier way to do this?
Any help as always..is appreciated!