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Setting up SBS 2011 with using Active Directory from 2003

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I've got a server that has sbs 2003 with only using active directory. I'm going to load SBS 2011 on a new server since we need to use exchange and the old machine is getting extremely slow. How would I go about loading the active directory on the new sbs 2011 machine? Also do I need to create an answer file from the 2003 server since I'm not using exchange on the old one and now going to use it on the new one? Is there checklist to follow?
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Your best bet is to follow a migration to allow your new SBS server time to replicate AD properly because you can't normally have two SBS servers on the same domain / internal network name together due to licensing restrictions.  The link above should run you through the necessary steps.

The key is preparation of the old server (install latest updates etc).

If all you have to migrate is AD, then the migration can be done very quickly indeed, but leave both servers 24 hours to fully replicate before demoting the old SBS server.

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Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I just tried migrating last night. The current server was in such poor health that I could not use the above document. Thankfully they didn't use email on the current server and there are very few users to setup. I did a fresh install on the new server and will setup the new users which is fine. I know I've had trouble with the email coming and going on sbs2007 so I'm guessing the same items need to be setup on sbs2011. What needs to be setup in exchange management console on the organization config and server config to allow emails to come in and also be able to go out? Also what needs to be done on setting up OWA along with allowing users to pop3 the server for there email?
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