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From Exchange 2003 Std to Ex2010 or SBS 2011?

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Hey guys,

Considering an upgrade from Exchange 2003 Standard.  This is for only about 30 users.  The space almost reaching 75GB limit.  
Should we go to SBS 2011 or Exchange 2010?  

Any pros/cons?  Please advice.
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Definately SBS2011 as the licensing costs are much less than full blown Exchange.

There is no technical benefit to either over each other except SBS2011 ia designed for Small Businesses with less than 75 devices/users.

You may also find my migration guide here useful: 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
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Thank you for the giude! would that still be helpful for Exchange 2003 Std to SBS 2011 upgrade?
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Absolutely, the procedure is identical.
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This should be helpful too - it's for migrating Server/Exchange 2003 standard to SBS 2008, but works for migration to SBS 2011 too: Standard Exchange env. to SBS env.
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That's also a guide I have written, theguide I posted in my first post is better.
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BTW,

I quoted licenses cost for 50 users.

Not a big of a difference.  Exch2010 - $3700, and SBS2011 - $3388......
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The exchange licenses do not include the required windows licenses, SBS licenses do.
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Oh okay understand.
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Another questions is.  How to transition from the current 2003 Enviroemnt to SBS.  Or would that be it by upgrading Exchange?

What about the AD domain transistion?
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Thanks demazter,

Earlier in this thread you posted SBS2003 to SBS2011 migration.  Is the current post more accurate for my situation?  Normal Win2003 to SBS2011.  
Does that include Exchange and AD transition as well?

Thank again!
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Yes it is more acurate and the process is identical for Win2003 to SBS2011.
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OK.  So the transition is in the same process along with Exchange migration.  So it should be / will be done all together correct?
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Correct
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Thank you!!
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One more thing demazter.  I also noticed they have a BES installed on that Win2003 STD.  BES version 4.1.4.3  Blackberry Professional Software.
5 users with Small Business Edition License.

How do I go about that?  Install BES on a new SBS2011?  Need a newer version of BES software?  

I can open a separate question for that if you like.

Thank you!
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demazter, just one more question from the experience.  Regarding the migration article.  What steps you do 'live' while users working online and when nights and weekends.

Thank you!!
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