Replacing single domain controller with new hardware

Posted on 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a domain controller that is running Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 with about 17 users. The current hardware is ready for replacement due to its age (Dell PE400 SE). I would like to replace it with new hardware running Small Business Server 2008. What I am looking for is the best way to accomplish this with the least amount of problems (aren't we all). Please provide me your input and ideas on this effort. Thanks - HDBee3
Question by:HDBee3
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    You probably won't like my answer, but given the question, it seems my blog post is appropriate for you... you may, of course, disagree:

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    Lee, Thanks for responding. Your answer is correct on a grander scale. You are also correct about the qualifications to setup SBS. It is not like other server installs. I have done several of these installations and it is imperative you do it the Microsoft way with the wizards. There are several little nuances that Microsoft does not go into detail about regarding things like having a FQDN website setup, or a subdomain for OWA, RWW..., or using a router to do DHCP instead of SBS, single NIC and firewall, Sharepoint updates and the list goes on. While I have not a done a migration to SBS 2008 yet!!, if I read enough and grind it out on test setups and migrations, I am sure that I can get it done with a stable and reliable installation. I guess I was looking for comments from other professionals who have had experience in this type of situation. Sometimes asking a few questions can save you a lot of pain!!!

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