SBS 2003 Migration and future App Server Upgrade

I'm getting ready to upgrade my SBS 2003 box and split up the DC & Exchange.  I know both can be on the same server, but not best practice.  

If i setup two VMs on the same host, in a year or so when i need to upgrade my Application server, would it be ok to move those Apps & Data onto the DC?  Or should i really keep all three of these separate?  

Apps on the Server 2003 box currently include SQL 2005, email archive, AV software, and a third party app that is used for the firm.
LB2015Asked:
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraConnect With a Mentor Solutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
I said i would prefer to have them all on different servers .... if we have the budget and resources :)

In a way i have seen people have more than what your asking on a Std server as well and works fine :)

If just 30 users any reason your not planning for maybe SBS 2011 ... rather going to Standard config ?

- Rancy
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
I'm getting ready to upgrade my SBS 2003 box and split up the DC & Exchange.  I know both can be on the same server, but not best practice - Yes if its not SBS :)

If i setup two VMs on the same host, in a year or so when i need to upgrade my Application server, would it be ok to move those Apps & Data onto the DC? - What exactly do you mean ?

Or should i really keep all three of these separate?  - Preferably Separate if you have an option for no conflicts and smooth running of machines without much interference with each other.

I would prefer to have SQL\Exchange and DC on different box each as you said earlier.

- Rancy
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LB2015Author Commented:
Hey Rancy - I must have missed the email that my question had a response.  

I'm going to split my DC & Exchange for sure.  In a year from now, any reason why i shouldn't install SQL and application server roles onto the AD/DC server?  Only about a 30 user firm, and i'm hoping to not have to buy more software licensing next year if i don't need to.
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LB2015Author Commented:
I figured with small amount of users, it wouldn't be an issue.  Just wanted to make sure i wasn't being dumb and overlooking something.  

I'm upgrading 12 year old box and going with server 2012, and since Microsoft is moving away from SBS, i'm going to install 2008R2 now, and upgrade to 2012 when that is stable to patched.  Plus 2012 gives me two licenses in a VM setup, so thats another reason to go with 2012 over SBS 2011.
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