Migrate SBS 2003 to Windows server 2012 standard
Posted on 2012-12-21
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!