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2003 Standard Server to sbs2011 migration

Hi guys,  Looking for a guide for going from 2003 Standard Server (DC) to SBS2011.  I've done a few sbs to sbs using the migration tools and answer file with no problem, but without exhchange the migration preparation tool probably won't run on the old server.  I don't think I can run both servers on same domain without the extention that allows SBS to run as a member server for 21 days.  Any thoughts??  Hopefully someone has done this migration.
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Process is the same. The migration preparaation tool still runs fine. The 21 day patch only applies to SBS 2003 to extend the amount of time it can run out of compliance, and since the old server you have isnt SBS, it won't *be* out of compliance so the patch is not required. Migrating from standard versions to SBS is trivially different from SBS to SBS migrations.

-Cliff
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer
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I have done two 2003 to 2008 migrations. 2011 is not much different, just has 2010 exchange instead of 2007. You do need to follow the migration path, omitting the sbs specific steps. The functional levels still have to be correct and requisite software has to be installed/updated.

Once the new server is on the domain, you just skip through the exchange migration steps.

I did find that there were more issues with user and groups being in the wrong OU's from standard installations but all were easily overcome.

Good luck!

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Thanks guys, I should also mention that we are doing SBS2011 with Premium addon in HyperV virtual machine.  So the box will run 2008r2 server with HyperV role installed, then virtual SBS2011.  I can dedicate memory and a RAID5 disk array to the SBS and as we understand it I can still put a 2008R2 VM along side and still be in licensing compliance?  I plan to dedicate a network adaptor to sbs VM as well.

I'm going to start diving into this.. please feel free to share any insight on the VM facet of this.  Thanks!
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The new information does not change the answer to your migration question. Licensing questions and "tengent" questioons should be repotsted as new questions with the appropriate zones as different EE users have different areas of expertise, and migrations and licensing are clearly two different questions.

-Cliff
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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I'm not a fan of DC's being virtualized...  SBS is a busy operating system providing multiple services and needs resources. You may encounter performance issues with it virtualized.

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OK thanks.  Qcoltharp, I kinda agree with you on this but it was a 'big picture' decision... anyways it's been sighned and sealed so I'm moving forward.  I'll close this and award points once I complete the migration... might be a few weeks.

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