SBS 2003 with Exchange to SBS 2011 migration vs Clean install & manual transfer

Hi All,

We have an old, (but solid) SBS 2003 server that we want to upgrade to SBS 2011.

There is a discussion over whether to user the migration wizard, or to just build the new machine, and manually move the public folder, data, users, and exchange data.

Right now there are 6 users on the system, and about 50gb of data

Any thoughts or preferences.

Neil S.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
The migration from SBS 2003 to 2011 can be done over a period of 30 days. The migration process modifies your source server so the two can coexist until you get everything moved over. If your source server is working well and you have been using it the way it was intended, I would never recommend the pain of starting over versus a well done migration that allows your users to continue to work while you migrate.

If you are computer savvy and are thorough, you can use the following guide to help you migrate this yourself. I recommend you read through the guide at least once prior to starting so that you can plan phases of the migration and know what to expect.

I have done many of these and can usually get them done in two days, with one additional day of putting out fires and dealing with small issues.


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