SBS 2008R2 New Setup--Recommendations/Suggestions Wanted
Posted on 2011-05-06
Hi, I will be migrating a client from Windows Server 2003 (not SBS) running Exchange 2003 and SQL Server Express. I am migrating them to SBS2008R2 Premium. I have extra Server licenses so that I can separate Exchange and SQL services. I am interested in your recommendations for how you would setup the new system and tips on migrating.
* Should I try to migrate the domain over from Server 2003 to SBS2008R2? Or would it be easier to just recreate the domain from scratch and recreate user profiles (15 Users)? If I do simply create a new domain and then recreate users, is there a way for me to link the new users to the old Exchange Information Store mailboxes?
* I am hosting in VMware so I plan on using two servers in the new plan. I may use three. What I'm thinking is having one SBS2008R2 virtual machine as the main Domain Controller and SQL Server host. Then I'd have a separate Server 2008R2 to host Exchange, Files and Printers. If you could split into two or three different servers, how would you install services to maximize stability?
* By using more than one server to host Exchange and SQL does this present any challenges during migration (as opposed to a single machine hosting SBS2008Prem)