Server upgrade

I have a SBS 2003 server and want to upgrade it to  a new Windows Server 2012 that I purchased. What is the best way to do this, so I can keep the user accounts and permissions and not make any changes on the workstations.

There are only 5 users, would it be best to just create a new domain and do everything manually?
zelfanetAsked:
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jerseysamCommented:
The process is the same as upgrading to server 2012 essentials.

There is a microsoft guide:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200112.aspx
zelfanetAuthor Commented:
This looks like a ton of work, for the small server with 5 users, would it be user to just setup as a new domain, then change the profiles on the workstations?
jerseysamCommented:
For 5 users it may be easier to start again

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jerseysamCommented:
You will need to build the new server outside of the existing domain of course and then just replicate settings.

Then dcpromo the old, and install the new
zelfanetAuthor Commented:
Yeah, it sounds like it. The email has already been migrated offsite. So the profiles on the desktops, just have to be copied to the new domain?
jerseysamCommented:
Ok, was going to say that email may be the only issue.

You should be able to just copy profile settings and then  rejoin the PC's to the new server/domain
aindelicatoCommented:
Desktops will get new profiles when joined to a new domain.  You can manually copy things like My Documents over, etc.. but because you are not migrating users, the SID history won't match up the windows profiles even if you make the usernames the same.
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