Bringing Small business server 2011 onto Windows 2003 server network
Posted on 2011-09-15
I have an existing 15 seat network with a windows 2003 server standard.
I have a brand new server with small business 2011 that I am adding to the network.
The main roles of the current server now are domain controller, file server, location for user profiles and location for mail data and user documents. When the new server is installed its only role will be perhaps as a second dc.
Anyway my question is for a small installation such as this should I be migrating my active directory information from the original server in some way or should I just basically start from scratch with the new server.
Should I join the new server to the existing domain or not. The current AD domain name is not the domain name that will be the primary domain for sending and receiving mail, if that makes a difference.
I have done a few similar to this recently and I have started from scratch each time. In this case there are no existing problems and the configuration of the existing server is perfect so I am thinking that if I can retain the existing active directory structure I can keep the original server in some capacity more easily.
I guess I'm just looking for some intelligent opinions on how to proceed.
Thanks very much in advance.