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Migrate SBS 2003 to Windows server 2012 standard

Hello,

I'm currently running an SBS 2003 network. I have the SBS 2003 server running Exchange 2000. It was also running an SQL database, but we have since changed software vendors and only occasionally get into the SQL database. The plan is to eventually (the sooner the better) wean ourselves completely from the old database. I also have a member server running Server 2008 R2. It runs LANDesk and a network version of our antivirus software.

My plan is to purchase a new server and migrate to Server 2012 standard with this server as the Primary Domain Contoller. I would like to set up the PDC as my Exchange server and, if possible, migrate Exchange from 2003 to 2010. I also plan to upgrade the server running 2008 R2 to Server 2012 and set it up as a DC. Management would of course like minimal downtime during this process.

Is this possible? What "gotcha's" do I need to be aware of? I'm figuring that decomissioning the SBS server will be one. Also, trying to upgrade from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2010 will be another.

Can anyone give me some guidance or advice? Or point me in a direction to find these answers? Thank you!

Hal
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Leew -

Just so you know, I'm not stupid. I am getting "professional" help, but what I'm trying to do is make sure the professional advice is accurate and that I don't make mistakes. I'm the whole IT department in a company in a small rural community, and while I haven't done a MASSIVE upgrade lately, I have done them before. It's not always easy keeping up with all the changes when you're a one man band. And believe me, I'm not going to just pick out and purchase hardware and software and hope I got the right things.

Please forgive the "Exchange 2000" typing error, but you'll notice that I typed 2003 further on down in the question. Also forgive the PDC reference as old habits die hard.

Exchange on the DC is what I'm used to with SBS 2003. Thank you for pointing out that I should run it on a member server and not a DC. Thank you also for the Exchange 2010/Server 2012 information. This is the kind of advice that I'm looking for. Just remember you don't always know the background of the people you talk to and that a nicer attitude can lead to more gratitude...

And PaulD, I can't go to SBS 2011 (2011 Essentials) because I have more that 25 users. We are one physical site with 60-65 users and 50+ computers. I appreciate the suggestion, though.

Thank you both for your help and advice. I would welcome anyone else's comments on the question.
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