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2003 SBS Server Migration to 2011 SBS server, new 2008 R2 DC, 2000 domain level to 2008 domain level


Here is my current setup:

We have a 2003 SBS Server running Exchange and its also the DC running a 2000 domain(we don't currently have any other secondary DC's) running.  We recently purchased a new server setup.  ESX Host server with three servers that will run inside(SBS 2011, 2008 R2 DC Server, and 2008 R2 File Server).  The DC and the File Server are setup.  The new DC doesn't have any of the domain services setup yet.

Here are my questions:

1.) Should I install the Services and make the new DC server the Primary domain controller while upgrading the 2000 domain level to a 2008 domain level?  Will migrating to a 2008 domain cause issues with the migration to sbs 2011 from sbs 2003?  Will the 2000 domain level the current dc(2003 sbs server) be a issue, should I migrate the domain to 2003 first before going to a 2008 level?

2.) The current domain name we have is like this abcde.local, will that work with a 2011SBS Server?

3.) Are there any steps I should remember to do?

4.) Are there any step by step instruction online that I should follow or read over first?
Windows Server 2008SBSWindows Server 2003

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Lee W, MVP

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