SBS 2003 to Server 2008r2 and changing domain name
Posted on 2012-08-23
Long time reader, second time asking a question. Any tips or advice on this upcoming project is much appreciated.
I have an old SBS 2003 w/Exchange 2003 server that needs to be replaced. We have also recently changed the firm name so during this transition I'd like to change the domain name. I have about 28 users all on new Win7 machines.
In anticipation of server 2012, and having to move away from the SBS environment, i'm upgrading to 2008r2 Standard w/SA and i'll wait for SP1 to be ready before thinking of putting that into production.
I'm also upgrading from Exch 2003 to 2010, again with SA and down the road will upgrade to Exch 15 when the time is right.
I do not need to worry about RWW or the SQL on the SBS box, as i have a second 2003 standard server with SQL 2005 running apps that will stay in place for now.
The new Standard 2008r2 server will be my only domain controller, host AD & Exchange and maybe some printer sharing. The server will be installed as VM using VMware.
I've read some articles on moving from SBS 2003 to 2008 Standard, but nothing involving a domain name change.
Any tips or advice and or great links and articles to follow up on is much appreciated. FYI, i've been in the IT field for several years, but this will be my first migration of both SBS and Exchange.