Remove SharePoint and SQL from SBS 2003 before Migration?

Trox54 used Ask the Experts™

I am migrating from SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010.  I am using the following instructions as base guide:

I am considering completly removing MS SharePoint and SQL off the SBS 2003 server before I migrate the server.  Reason is because we no longer use MS SharePoint or SQL and I want to have the server in its simplest form to increase the chances of a clean migration.  The first attempt at migration ended in disaster so I am being extra careful and addressing every possible issue.

Does this seem like an unnecessary move or a good plan?

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because everything is integrated on SBS I would not advice to remove this because it could break more than it's worth. Certain SQL server is used by other SBS functions.

Best thing to start with is run the SBS best practice analyze and follow the information given.
Do not uninstall anything just do not migrate any sharepoint or SQL info..

You can install Windows Server 2008 as a new domain and use ADMT 3.1 to migrate data from SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2008. The process is similar to that described in the following KB:
Migrating from Small Business Server 2000 or Windows 2000 Server to Windows Small Business Server 2003   

Alternatively, you can join Windows server 2008 to the existing SBS 2003 domain. I just write simplified steps below:

1. Backup the SBS2003 including the system state , Exchange and SQL server.
2. Join a new Windows Server 2008 server to the SBS domain and promote it to a DC: 
3. Configure the machine to be a GC and to host DNS. Transfer the FSMO roles to the new DC.
4. Migrate Exchange server to new server.
5. After you verify that the new Windows Server 2008 DC and Exchange server are working, you can then demote the SBS 2003 server.


Thanks to you both

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