A already have an open question but would also like to explore another option. We have an existing SBS2003 setup with Exchange configured and 8 users.
We use an in-house file management system known as Archetype. I would like to take advantage of the new Server2012 Essentials features and install this on a new box to manage our AD and Domain and also retain the existing exchange on sbs2003.
Our file management system required a link to outlook to manage ingoing and outgoing emails. I was originally planning on migrating over to office 365 exchange from our ISP and using the new Server2012 box to manage everything else but I would still need ti have outlook on each machine. My problem is we would then need to purchase new licenses for outlook 2010 or 13 for each user to link with office / exchange 365.
Is retaining the existing exchange box and transferring domain control over to the new box an option. Our main reason for wanting to upgrade is to take advantage of the new remote and cloud features.