upgrading sbs 2003 box to new server 2008

Hi All,

Im going to be upgrading my sbs 2003 server to sbs 2008,
it will be a new server i.e new box,
Is it very complex to move across the following:
1: Sharepoint
2: Exchange 2003
Have i a big job ahead or is there wizards to complete this?

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Microsoft has a very full migration document on technet. The Microsoft technet wiki is also constantly updated by SBS experts to reflect changes since SBS 2008 shipped. Between the two, you should have plenty of resources to complete your migration.

Some of it is wizard driven, but much of it is not. It is a methodical process though, so following the documents can get you from here to there relatively safely. It is still a weekend project though.

DJNafeyIT Consultant / Network AdministratorCommented:
As someone who supports quite a few SBS 2003 networks that I have set up for clients, which all work great, and one SBS 2008 network that I set up, which is an absolute nightmare (from day 1 up to today, 10 months later), I'd strongly recommend that you re-consider going straight from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 if you can.  There's a comprehensive article on Experts Exchange about how to do that.  I'm really looking forward to doing a test migration to 2011 soon - it must be better than 2008!  Also, be very wary of the 4GB RAM minimum spec for SBS 2008 - I've got my client set up on a quad-core Xeon 2.4GHz server with 4GB RAM and I cannot believe how slow it is (with a network of 3 users!).

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While I haven't done SBS 2011 migrations or new installations yet. But I do have several sites using SBS 2008. It works great. But I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of couple of the decisions that the SBS team chose. It's just a big jump since you'll be moving to 64-bit products. And also learning PowerShell as not everything for Exchange 2007 is in the Exchange System Manager. And remember Microsoft's 4GB RAM minimum is just that. So don't expect "good" performance using only the minimum. 6GB is better and 8GB or more is what I recommend. That's even for the smaller sites. But then again memory is one of the cheapest performance improvements.

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