Upgrading SBS 2008 and some questions
Posted on 2014-01-04
I am getting ready to upgrade an existing server running SBS 2008 to 2012 Essentials R2. I currently only have 10 users (never more than 3 or 4 on at a time) and due to a very limited budget will be re-utilizing the same hardware so I'm setting up a swing server to virtualize the current SBS 2008 for a few days to make the transfer. I understand the licensing with SBS 2008 but this is a very very temporary setup.
I have set up a few group policies on sbs and some file shares but no applications. I am almost thinking as opposed to going through the migration steps it would probably be easier to just recreate my users and GP's as well as the shares. In fact I think I can recreate almost everything in less time than preparing for and actually migrating.
My only concern is migrating exchange. We use it a lot and everyone has their contacts and calendars in addition to emails. (No public folders just individual calendars)
Everything I read about migration deals with large setups as well as large AD setups. I have neither. I am looking for a simple (I'm almost thing exporting to individual .pst's and re-installing for each user) way. I'm especially concerned with re-creating new users on the 2012 essentials and having the mailboxes migrate over correctly.
I truly feel if I can start from scratch it will give me a much cleaner set up and with so few users I have no issue with doing it. Do you guys have any advice for me? Especially how to handle exchange (cheaply)?