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Windows 2012

We are a small shop with 1 2003 small business server (no internal exchange). I'm looking to get a new server and move to windows 2012 standard. Has anyone done this migration and and issues, problems? This isn't a in place migration but introducing the new server, moving everything and then decommissioning the old 2003 server.

I'm just looking for any one's experience doing this and any pitfalls to watch out for.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you aren't using exchange then the migration is usually pretty straightforward. There are no glaring pitfalls, but as always, each migration is unique to the data being moved, so I can't be any more specific than that.
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
If you are indeed migrating the existing domain, you will need to join the new server, promote it, then manually sieze all of the FSMO roles.

Move all of your data and update drive maps etc

There are a lot of SBS 2003 GPOs that will not be relevant to 2012. Going to Standard means you need to know how to do create policies to do some of the things SBS did from wizards. My Documents redirection, for example. You should be able to update the SBS folder redirection policy to use a share structure on the new server and user documents will forklift automatically.

I would suggest reading up on making a 2012 standard a domain controller first... the process is more complex now than the old "dcpromo".


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