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Migrate Domain from SBS2003 to Regular 2008 w/ Exchange Stand Alone

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I have a client that has an old SBS2003 server provided domain authentication to about 30 users and 8 servers.  We have decided based on company direction and need to fortify Exchange to move them to a normal 2008 domain.  I think the easy part is upgrading the schema so I can join the new 2008 domain server as a domain controller but where I go from there is hard to figure out.
This is what I am hoping to accomplish:

1.)Upgrade domain to 2008 schema, join 2008 domain controller.  Migrate all FSMO roles to new server.
2.) Install Exchange 2007 onto new 2008 domain controller, migrate all mailboxes to new server.
3.)Remove SBS 2003 server from domain completely.

.There is documentation on how to go from SBS2003 to SBS2008 but nothing that really addresses what I am looking to do.  Anyone have any experience with this?

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The problem is that installing exchange onto a domain controller is NOT supported and strongly discouraged, which is why you're not finding documentation on it.  If you do need Exchange on the DC, then going with SBS is the way to do it.  I'd also recommend using SBS 2011, since it is the latest version.
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by:Glen Knight
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The above statement is wrong.

Installation of Exchange on a domain controller IS fully supported.  It's just not recommended.
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by:it_saige
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I was just about to say the same thing demazter.

@EshuunDara - The author has stated that the company overall is moving away from SBS.  SBS is a great solution for small business' that have less than 75 users and don't need much from their server hardware.

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by:Glen Knight
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>>which is why you're not finding documentation on it

I refer you to comment ID: http:#35019963 which you will find is the ONLY documentation on this procedure on the net.  I haven't found any more and in fact others have copied my guide to make their own.
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