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Server 2000 to Server 2008 Migration.. Seamless??

I'm trying to migrate a Server 2000 to Server 2008. Is it true that you can't migrate directly from 2000 to 2008? The Server 2008 is already on the domain as a file server. I'm trying to migrate SQL, AD and Exchange over. Is there an easy way or will I have to upgrade to 2003/2007 then to 2008?
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Sorry, ended too early. So yes you can upgrade straight from 2000 - 2008. However, you need to use a separate machine, Virtual Machine etc... If you want to have it running on physical machines but you don't have spare hardware. I recommend just building temporary Server 2008 domain controllers in a Virtualized Environment. Then when all the replication is done and everything is running smoothly from the VM's and you're 100% absolutely sure you've transferred all data as well as have an image taken of the old server just in case. THEN reload the physical hardware with 2008. Then once the replication from the Virtual servers is done to the physical and you've transferred roles to the physical. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT YOU TRANSFER GLOBAL CATALOG AND FSMO ROLES BEFORE YOU GET RID OF TEH SERVER. You can fix this but it's a huge pain.

So once everythings transferred back to the physical servers you canthen demote the virtual servers and get rid of them. Then I would do exchange. Exchange does not get installed on Active Directory but it does use Active DIrectory to run everything so I've alwyas found it best to upgrade the server before Exchange all though I'm sure both would work. But I've had better luck doing the Servers first. Why would you upgrade your email to a higher version of your OS first before your core servers are upgraded?
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