Server Migration VS. Clean Install - Details matter...

Hello my friends,

The previous IT guy had an SBS 2008 R2 server running .... NOTE:  NOT on a domain, just setup as a workgroup for this office.
THE ONLY thing the server is being used for is the exchange mailboxes. (the pop3 connector wasn't even setup, the clients have pop3 setup manually on each pc)

ALL other functions of the SBS 2008 server are unused. It looks like he tried to set up more services but none of them have worked since I took over.... NONE.

So here's a question:

Would it be possible to just migrate over the mailboxes manually to the new Server SBS 2011 on a clean install rather than migrate all the bad settings from the old server?

Any hidden pitfalls I should be aware of since it's my first time attempting that kind of "migration?"

All the clients have entact .PST files on their client PC's so I'm not terribly worried about them losing anything...or should I be?

I have this feeling that a clean install would be much better than trying to migrate all the junk that I don't want...but I'd like a 2nd opinion on this.

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
how is this not on a domain while using exchange?
exchange requires AD and SBS needs to be at the root of the forest so something isn't right here
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
I agree to go with clean and fresh install with good hardware. follow this

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