Migrating SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2012

Posted on 2013-02-01
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Last Modified: 2013-05-15
Hi I have a Windows Server 2003 SBS. The server did  not install exchnage server but sharepoint is installed. However, sharepoint is also no longer in use. Basically the server is only used as AD and fil & print. I have about 50 users.

My question is

Can i migrate SBS 2003 using the same way as i did for Windows Standard Server 2003 to Windows Standard Server 2012?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:dnack
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Rodney Barnhardt earned 2000 total points
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You didn't specify a version of 2012, if it is Essentials, there is a link on a paper:


If you are using something like Standard Edition, have you decided how you are going to hand Exchange, assuming you are running it? Otherwise, install the new server with Windows 2012 and join it to the domain, promote, and make it a GC. You will need to use the 2012 disc to upgrade the Schema for the old 2003 environment. I would wait a day to make sure all of the replication is complete.

Use the directions below, they should work the same, to move DHCP to the new server and shut the service down on the SBS server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962355

Next, transfer the FSMO roles to the 2012 server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801

Remove\transfer Exchange from the SBS server.

DC promo the old SBS 2003 server and remove it from the domain, then shut it down.

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Hi, I have mentioned that the new server is running on standard 2012. But I will not install any exchange on it. As mention, it only run file sharing and dc. I will try on rbarnhardt method. Thanks will update
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I see that now. I must have missed that line. Sorry.

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