Multi-Server (2008) environment migration to SBS 2011?

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I'm researching all my options to decrease the size of my footprint.  Most notably, my enormous power bill associated with keeping a bunch of different servers running.

I've started looking at dropping from my multiple servers down to a single (or possibly 2 as I heard that SBS 2011 now supports fault tolerance).

My question is as follows:  Although I've used SBS 2003 in the past, if I remember right, those boxes on initial install needed to "install their own Active Directory domain".  - What I'd like to accomplish, if it's at all possible, would be to stand up an SBS server inside my existing domain, then just start dropping the other servers as required.

I know the SBS boxes are required to have all the FSMO roles, but would anybody happen to know if there's a transition period available for consolodation purposes?

Also, if someone could clarify the statement above (SBS 2011 supports fault tolerance) would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for any assitance that can be provided.
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You will have 21 days to get the network in compliance (all FSMO roles transferred, other SBS servers retired, etc.)

Nothing has changed for SBS in terms of fault tolerance. You cannot have multiple SBS servers. Exchange in SBS is standard, not enterprise, so DAG is out. Multipme domain controllers have always been allowed.

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What kind of fault tolerance are you looking for?

Given that you are migrating from a non-SBS environment to an SBS environment, the migration period should be essentially unlimited - install SBS 2011 in migration mode and it should take the FSMO masters immediately.  At that point, since there is no other SBS server on the network, you shouldn't have any problems due to using SBS as opposed to something else.

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Thank you both for your very helpful information.

leew:  I was under the impression that you could run two SBS 2011 servers side-by-side for a sort of "nlb" solution, but cgaliher just cleared that up that I had dilusions of grandure.  :)

So...  Should I decide to consolodate all of my running servers into an SBS solution, this is the layout plan?

1.  Install SBS.  (Migration mode.  I haven't had the opportunity to see this mode in action.  This option is available as soon as the OS is installed?)

2.  Once the server has been stood up in my existing domain.  If it hasn't grabbed all of the roles, then I'll just transfer everything over to it - and it should be "happy" since it'll be the root of the world.  - And I'll have as much time as i need to turn off everything else.

3.  SBS will understand my Exchange 2010 architechture, and allow me to just migrate everybody into the new server without giving too much of a fit?

4.  Other services / web servers / sql servers / etc. as required will be moved then the original power-offending servers shut down.



Does this look like an acceptable migration path to you guys?  Thanks again for the assistance.
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Looks about right. I am not a fan of running other roles on a DC, so SQL and web services are best run on a second server installation, IMNSHO. you can virtualized SBS and that second OS on one physical box though, still getting much of the power savings and is something I would look at in your circumstance.

-Cliff

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Thank you both for your information.  It's always appreciated.

When/If I go the SBS route to get the power bills under control, it looks like I have the bennefit of planning now.  :)

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