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SBS 3003 to SBS 2011 exchange migration

Hi Experts,

I am migrating a small business to sbs 2011 from sbs 2003.  My question is in order to migrate their exchange do I have to go through the whole migration wizard from the DVD or can I build the new server separately and then migrate exchange afterwards?

Is there a tool that I should look out for or have you any tips.

Cheers,

Mike
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Yes you can but the wizards make like easier so worth considering. If you want to transition exchange later then you would follow,

http://msexchangegeek.com/2010/01/30/rapid-transition-guide-from-exchange-2003-to-exchange-2010/

This is a good guide, it covers most of what's required
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Unfortunately that guide is enterprise oriented and overlooks some limitations imposed by the SBS architecture.

Short answer, if you install the server without migrating, you are building a new domain. That means you cannot migrate user accounts, user Permissons or other info. You copy data, lose ACLs, and rebuilt from scratch. You disjoin machines from the old domain, join the new, and lose user profiles in the process. You export mail to pst files and import. There is no "on the wire" migration for ANY of this data.

Or.

You follow a supported migration path so you preserve the integrity of AD and can therefore migrate And preserve ALL of the above.

As a final note, if you want a. Ethos to migrate AND have most of the benefits of building a box offline, look at purchasing a kit from www.swingmigration.com. It uses standard AD features to provide exactly that experience safely, even in SBS. highly recommended.

-Cliff
I would stay with a migration.  SBS will install Exchange for you , so all you have to do is literally make sure you create a connector and make the 2003 server the smarthost for the SBS 2011 server, (this is temporary), replicate public folders, move the mail boxes , and properly decommission The 2003 exchange portion.  Really not complicated.  The actual Exchange migration is not done with a wizard.  the wizard for exchange is link to a document that0 provides the proper steps for migrating exchange.  
If you don't want to migrate everything that you can opt to skip the tasks in the migration wizard and only migrate exchange. Building a new server will require heavy work on user permission, mailbox permissions and many other  fixes. if you don't want to migrate everything just follow the migration guide till the exchange 2003 un-installation.

Run the Exchange Server Pre-Deployment Analyzer

Exchnage migration guide:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg563803.aspx

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Great advice guys.  I will go ahead and migrate.  

Is there a simple user guide that you can reccommend for the process?

Cheers,

Mike
Well, There is a Complete Migration Guide Available on the microsoft Website, you can check the following document regarding the same.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=14570 
Here's another couple of helpful links.  it's Exchange 2003 to 2010, and not SBS specifice, but you follow the saem procedures:

http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/upgrade-from-exchange-2007-to-exchange-2010---part-ii/

There are links to part 1  and part 3 as well as a link to a complete removla guide that is very easy to follow.  
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Non-SBS guides are not appropriate for SBS. they assume a standalone install, but SBS installs and pre-configures Exchange, which means any migration process must take that setup process into account. Further, since SBS also installs AD At the time of install, and you don't dcpromo later, you MUST follow a complete migration and cannot simply focus on exchange.

For SBS, Microsoft has a migration guide.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg563801.aspx

Alternatively, you can purchase a kit with support:
Www.swingmigration.com

Or, there are othe guides, based on the microsoft guide methodology, but with screenshots that may make following them easier:
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2011/05/sbs-2003-to-sbs-2011-migration-guide.html

Or
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/A_4234-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Small-Business-Server-2011.html

All of the above would be suitable.

-Cliff
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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As, mentioned we have a guide here:

http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2011/05/sbs-2003-to-sbs-2011-migration-guide.html

Our guide pulls together all of the various sources for the Microsoft Method and works quite well.

Philip

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Thanks guys all done.  Took a lifetime to migrate only a small exchange mailbox.  Apart from this and being asked to follow a thousand linked articles on how to use the wizards its finally sorted.  Thanks Microsoft for reminding me that I probably dont read enough.