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

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Hello,

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?
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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?

Sorry - this isn't one question - there are several here and they're a bit... disorganized, at least in my mind after reading them.  

What you SHOULD be doing is a MIGRATION - not a creating a clean domain.  If you've never done this before, you're doing yourself a disservice trying to do it now.  GET EXPERIENCE FIRST.  Or hire experience.  Your choice.  To get experience, use your TechNet subscription or demos and recreate your environment (basically, you don't need to restore the data) and then perform the migration AT LEAST TWICE so you learn what you're doing and the issues you may face.  (considering the time involved, this is why hiring a pro who does this relatively frequently is your best chance).

To be clear, you need to install SBS 2011 in Migration Mode or you can't migrate.

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

Yes, SBS should be fine with this. But again, setup a test domain and do this a couple of times first to learn

3.) Are there any steps I should remember to do?
Setup a test domain.  I know, I'm being repetitive.  But since you're not experienced doing this (and few people seem to like the idea of hiring someone, it's worth repeating.

4.) Are there any step by step instruction online that I should follow or read over first?
I'm sure you can guess - setup a test domain and do this first in a test environment.  When learning this, you have several sources of instructions, including:
1. The Microsoft documentation - if followed closely and carefully, it can work fine in my experience
2. Demazter's guide - 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
3. SBSMigration.com - not free, but I've never heard a single bad thing about it - and it's not expensive and highly recommended online.
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