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Moving to SBS 2011 From Windows server 2003 R2

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Hi
I have a scenario where I need to set up 2011 SBS Standard ed.

The Current set up is windows server 2003 R2 Standard Ed running Exchange 2007. we dont mind starting from scratch with the new SBS server and it will be exactly the same as the current domain except we will run it on SBS 2011. Would it be possible to migrate the exchange mailboxes to Exchange 2010 on the new SBS server.

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I have a guide here for Windows 2003 to SBS2008 and the process is identical for 2011: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/A_2465-Migrate-Windows-2003-with-Exchange-to-Small-Business-Server-2008.html

You may also find this guide useful which is for SBS2003 to SBS2011: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/A_4234-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Small-Business-Server-2011.html

And yes you can migrate the mailboxes to the new server without any problems.  Just follow my migration guide for joining the new servers to the existing domain/org.

Its slightly different because you are using Exchange 2007 but not hugely.
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Thank you for your reply

From your guide it looks as we will be able to do what we want to achieve. If I am reading your guide right at the end of the process the new SBS 2011 will take over as the main domain controller and we can dispense with the current DC if required.

This brings me to another point we were worried about, we have another server on the domain that runs a bespoke intranet, part of the reason we are switchig to SBS is to consolidate everything. As the SBS is actually taking over the existing domain am I right to assume that this server should still function as usual as part of the domain.

Once again thank you for your help
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>>As the SBS is actually taking over the existing domain am I right to assume that this server should still function as usual as part of the domain.

Correct, the domain will not change and neither will any other servers/clients that are connected to it
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Thank you for this.

I am in the planning stage at the moment and need to get all our PC's up to Windows 7 and then change to SBS in August. This has been invaluable information and I really appreciate your help

regards

Thomas
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A great help to my planning
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