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I have inherited a client that has a SBS2003 server with a few funky problems.  I believe they are DNS related, but haven't been able to track down the problems very quickly.  Some machines lose internet access only, then they will start working and others will lose internet only.  I removed a HP ethernet adapter from Teaming, since it was showing failures.  Apparently, the company had a lightning strike that kicked off these problems.  Anyway, I am installing a SBS 2011 this weekend.  I have migrated SBS2003 to new hardware a few times and I understand going to 2011 should be much easier.  I am really asking for an opinion here.  With the strange errors, should I export mailboxes at the workstation level, upgrade and restore, or should I do the traditional migration.  I certainly don't want to pull any settings that are going to mess up the 2011 install.
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I guess the big questions are how many users are on the network and how unhealthy is the SBS 2003  server?

If only a few users, then a fresh build might be quicker.  If dozens, then a migration might be better.

If the SBS server is sick and can't be migrated, then a fresh build would be best, but if it is healthy enough to undergo the migration, then it should be less effort.
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The network has 15 users.  I think their email and files are stable, just not sure about DNS.  I suppose I could wipe out DNS after the install and redo it.  I just don't want the connectivity issues to follow the new server.
This will be my first time installing SBS 2011, so I am trying to get an idea from someone who has experience.

Thanks!
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DNS will get transferred to the SBS 2011 server and you can always tidy it up after the migration (assuming the migration works happily), but if you have DNS problems - the migration might not work very well.

I would tidy up the SBS 2003 server issues before you migrate to be perfectly honest - I know it will be a pain, but it will make a migration a whole lot smoother.
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Have a read of the following article from Demazter and check your SBS 03 server before even thinking of introducing the SBS 2011 server:

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

If the source server is happy - then start the migration.

Happy to help you troubleshoot the server, but not in this question as it wouldn't be relevant to the question title.

I have done a dozen or so SBS 03 to SBS 11 migrations so far and all have been smooth and pain-free!

Alan
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Thank you Alan for all your suggestions and links, I will check it out.  I have run SBS Best Practices and get an error about DNS.  I have ran through all the Microsoft Technet articles about it, but can't find the culprit.  I believe it is related to me unteaming the adapters and disabling the adapter that was failing.  The registry referrs to two adapters still.  I am looking at it remotely now and am afraid to change much, as I don't want to lose connection.
If you wouldn't mind, watch for another post from me, if I don't get it resolved! :)

Thanks,
John
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FYI, I believe it is complaining about the LANINC registry entry.  If you know about this entry, let me know, I will open another question.
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Did you re-run the Connect to the Internet Wizard after removing the adapter team?  I would if you haven't.
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I have, twice actually.
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Before this goes too far, I am going to open another question.

Thanks!
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