New SBS Server, Fresh Installation

I have a client where I will be replacing their old sbs 2003 server for a new unit. I had originally planned to run a migration but the old server is in such a bad way that i am afraid it going to cause me more grief as the server is so slow & unreliable. I have decided to go with a fresh install but want to make sure I have everything covered.

His data is no problem as I will simply backup to external drive. My main concern is emails. There are 10 users & I was considering extracting the emails to a pst file from each of the client’s machine. I would then manually connect each of the clients to the new server via the "connect" process & then re-import the pst data.

Does this sound the right way to go about this & are there any other factors I should be considering?
Daniel BertoloneAsked:
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Your plan will work.  Realize that you will have a new domain and all the stations will have to be removed from the old domain and joined to the new domain and all the shares and permissions and security will have to be done over.  For some, this is a non issue.  For others, with complicated shares, it is a real PITA.

consider, which will let you move the AD and the mail, while preserving the shares, permisions, sids, domain name, server name, ip address, all with almost no down time.  There are very few ADs that are so mucked up that you can't replicate them over to a  new DC, which is all we need to do to work through this with their project plans, and you get a long time MVP to hold your hand.  

If indeed the SBS under consideration is incapable of doing a swing migration, you will know before you start the project.
I would have to agree with the previous comment.  I have also used the Swing migration method.  It has many advantages including having it 90% done before you get on site.  In contrast to the Microsoft Migration process, you have a "fall back" position.  If the migration doesn't work, you can just continue to use the existing service.  In the Swing Migration, you do not use PST files,  Exchange is "forklifted" across and then the import is done.
We ran the new SBS server as a HyperV client which made the swing process even easier because we just used another virtual machine.
The documentation from sbsmigration is very detailed and includes many tools to make it easier to complete some tasks.  Also, if you run into problems, Jeff Middleton is not far away with email support.
Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Sounds interesting & useful that you have the fall back position.

I will consider this but i am still on the idea of a clean install as the previous setup is a complete mess in terms of permissions, user accounts. Really did want to start fresh & go from there.

With the points that I have mentioned do you think I will be ok in terms of their mail?

The only other issue i am thinking is that they have several network printers. With SBS 2003 the printers were installed via the server but i am sure with SBS 2008 that is not the case??
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As you have said, it is only 10 users.  I would try and make your life easier and try and get the 10 users to get thier mailboxes under 2Gb in size.  You can then use the exmerge utility to backup the exchange mailboxes to pst files  You can then just run a manual import at the other end.
You will need to also start collecting as much information as you can.
Shares and permissions
Email distribution groups
Email aliases
Line of business applications and their associated data stores
Printers specifically drivers and current configuration.
You may need to remove all workstations from the domain prior to decommisioning the existing server or you may have problems connecting to the new one.
A good item to look out for is the Outlook profile name.nk2 file for each user.  This file has the autofil for email addresses whey a user is trying to send a new email.  Users hate it when this is no longer available.
Watch out with SBS2008 and 2011, Outlook is no longer included for SBS users.  They will need to get Outlook or Office separately.
You might like to consider runing SBS as a Hyper V guest.  It offers better disaster recovery and flexibility.  If you go this way, make sure you get Volume Licensing not OEM.

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Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that. Do i run the exmerge utility from the server?
You can get Exmerge Here.
You run it on the SBS 2003 Server.  Pretty sure it will not run on the 2008 Server for import so you will need to have each users PST file accessable from the users workstation and once Outlook is installed, just import from PST to that users mailbox. (once you have configured that user for exchange and jointed the domain etc.)
Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks for the tips!!
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