How do I retire my SBS 2003 and use my new Server 2008 as DC?

I'm not sure where to start here, but our sbs 2003 box is over four years old, and I want to retire it and let our new Server 2008 machine (that's being used for file, app and print services) be the DC.

Here are the specifics:
1. We have 67 users with logins on the network
2. We're not needing Exchange anymore since we moved to a hosted email solution
3. I just need the server 2008 box to act as the dc (authentication services, AD, etc), I don't need any of the SBS tools retained.

Is there a simple method of doing this? Where can I go for documentation of how to promote a DC and remove a SBS server without shutting down the whole network for a week?

Thanks!
aaron_brown99Asked:
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Llacy80Commented:
* Upgrade SBS schema to Server 2k8 level using adprep.
*  Install AD DS Role on Server 2k8
* Promote Server 2k8 to be a DC using dcpromo. Make sure Server 2k8 is a
GC.
* Verify that replication is working.
* Move FSMO roles from SBS to Server 2k8.
(You can do this politely, in which case your SBS is fairly permanently
broken, or you can disconnect the SBS server before you do this, and then
seize the roles to Server 2k8. In which case, you have a fallback position
to where you started.)
* Disconnect SBS from the network. Do not EVER connect it back to the
network until the server has been WIPED.
* Do basic AD and DNS cleanup to remove all traces of previous SBS server
from AD and DNS.

If you need further instruction please don't hesitate to ask, I went through this same scenario on my network not long ago.
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JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
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aaron_brown99Author Commented:
JBond2010: Do I have to use the transition pack even though I'm completely removing the SBS 2003 server from the network?
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JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
You can use the transition pack and then retire the SBS 2003 box.
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aaron_brown99Author Commented:
Ok, thanks!

Where do I purchase this transition pack, typically? The servers come from Dell--would we call them?

Thanks again,

rb

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Llacy80Commented:
Wait a minute. I dont think they even sell the Transition pack anymore. I did not have to use it
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Llacy80Commented:
Have a look at the link below it will show that the transition pack indeed is not needed. It *would be* if you were going from Sbs2k3 to standard 2k3.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_25202635.html

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aaron_brown99Author Commented:
Thanks for the help!
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Llacy80Commented:
You are welcome. When you start the process if you need any help or have any questions, post here. I just recently went through it so it is fresh on my mind.
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