migrating sbs2003 to a new sbs2008
Posted on 2011-03-09
We have quite an old Windows 2003 SBS server which we want to replace. It has experienced various problems.
We have migrated an sbs2003 server to sbs2008 previously and came accoss numerous problems in doing so. With this in mind, I am aprehensive about doing this again. I would prefer to creat a brand new server and create the users etc manually, and copy the daa from the old to the new manually too.
We only have around 10 users, so do you consider that this would be a reasonable way to do it?
During the migration last time, every stop was met by problems. I used the Microsoft Migration Guide, which was pretty detailed, but each step was met by an error that had to be resolved first. So I am looking for the most un eventfull way to get our new server up and running.
With regards to replicating the Exchange message store, do I need to backup each individual users outlook to an .pst file, then manually import the PST back when the new server is operational, or is there a more centralised way to secure the message store. If so, are there any details that I can follow to ensure a complet procedure. In particular, how would we get the message store imported to the new server, if we have created our users manually.
Any help you can give would be appreciated.