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I want to migrate an existing installation of SBS 2011 to a new installation of SBS 2011, but on the same machine as the initial installation.  The reason is because we are switching from an IDE storage controller to a RAID storage controller.  I found information on migrating SBS 2011 to a different box with new hardware here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg616008.aspx, but after skimming through it, it appears I would need two boxes running SBS at the same time in order to successfully migrate the data.  Is it possible to migrate SBS without having the initial installation running on a second box? Maybe by using a windows backup image alone to get the data?
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If you want to migrate to same hardware the best option is to purchase a migration kit from www.swingmigration.com They address this scenario specifically using a temprary server/DC which can be a simple workstation. The kit includes documentation, tools, and 90 days support for your migration.
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So migrating without a second box isn't a viable option? Even if the only data we I would need to migrate would be the exchange mailboxes and general network configuration settings?
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The simplest option is to backup and do a restore, but you would have to add the RAID drivers during the process. Otherwise to maintain active directory, Exchange and such you need to do a migration and standard migration techniques will not work on the same server.

Some 3rd part software will allow you to back up and restore to different hardware, such as Acronis, Symantec, and my preference Storagecraft.
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PS- if you were to try the backup and restore option using the SBS native backup tool, where you would install the RAID drivers in step 7 of the following:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/06/11/how-to-perform-a-bare-metal-restore-on-small-business-server-2008.aspx
I have not tried this, but so long as the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer -motherboard) and key components are the same, it should work. Make sue you have a full known good backup before trying.
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I have tried this, but I still had issues.  I installed the RAID controller drivers (mind you I'm using the MB's RAID hardware but switching from IDE to RAID in the BIOS), and I got the disk image copied to the new RAID setup, but I couldn't get Windows to boot successfully afterwards.

We only have 6 users.  What about if I have everyone export their exchange mailboxes to .pst's, reinstall SBS, recreate all of the users, and then import all the email back into their mailbox's?
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>>"What about if I have everyone export their exchange mailboxes to .pst's, reinstall SBS, recreate all of the users, and then import all the email back into their mailbox's?"
That will work fine. The PC's will also have to be disjoined from the existing domain and rejoined to the new domain. Even if the server has the same name, IP, and domain, because of SID's (Security IDentifiers) the rebuilt server will be seen as a completly new server.
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I see.  How would I go about disjoining the PC's? I want to make sure I do it correctly.
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Also, if we have a public folder database, is that something that can be migrated, or do we have to somehow get those exported to a .pst also?
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To disjoin the PC's go to properties of my computer and under the computer name section choose change, then join a workgroup (any name). It is also a good idea on the PC to delete the contents of the C:\Program Files\Small Business server folder and delete the following Registry Key entirely: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer
Then you can join the new domain. Do not forget to do so using   http://connect

Public Folders are usualy moved using proper migration methods. You could export those to a public folder as well. You cannot copy the database and remount it as the new server will not recognize it.
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