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SBS 2003 migration to 'Full Product' - Same Domain

wlewis123 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi Guys,

Demazter's article goes someway to answering my questions;


We are migrating from SBS2003 SP2 to 'Full Product', this was our option from MS after the SBS-EBS migration was a spectacular failure.

SBS2003 and production servers are all in VM and we have already migrated MOSS, Exchange (2003->2007) and SQL to standalone Server2008, what we need to do now is retire/remove the SBS2003 server.

To this end I have S2008x64 build in VM to use as the new DC and also want a BDC, Q1; can we use any of the current S2008 boxes as BDC? (I believe the Exchange box is not a good idea for either role and do have several others).

Q2; Can I follow Demazter's excellent migration article (link above) and just ignore the parts appertaining to Exchange? (obviously not using the Exchange box as the DC in my case).


Bill - London
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Thank You CrisHanna,

I followed Demazter's guide ignoring the obvious bits (Exchange/Sharepoint migrations), my old SBS2003 system fought tooth and nail throwing exceptions out at every step which took a full 8hrs to resolve and finally I could put it in a VM folder called 'Got the little bugger!".

My new DC/Domain need a little bit of tidying up to correct DNS/DHCP settings (DHCP is handled by a Sonicwall), but that was nothing compared to demoting the old SBS box.

Bill - London.
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