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server swap-out - SBS2003 to SBS2008, includes exchange

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Just wanted to get someone else's opinion on what I'm going to do to swap out SBS2003 with SBS2008 e/w Exchange - < than 40 users.

I have an spare IP address that I can use for WAN connection. Using a gateway/router, I plan on duplicating the inside IP addresses ( so I can install, register and promote the new SBS2008 to a DC without interfering with existing SBS2003 DC.

I "believe" I can setup the exchange server, DNS, etc. on the "test" network and once user id's are entered (manual), files are copied over to same drive letters/share names, Users directories (I will change permissions based on new id's) I "think" or I "hope" I can remove the old SBS2003 server, swap patch cords and the new SBS2008 will/should work.

I plan on removing the 32 existing desktops from the existing domain back to workgroup, then promote them back to the new SBS2008 server (DC). I plan on using the same server name, ip address, etc to limit network changes.

Good idea or Not??????

Your thoughts/advice are appreciated. It's a small network so I believe this is the easiest way - ????

Thanks in advance.
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