Small Business 2003 Migration to Server 2012 Standard


I have a SBS 2003 server that I would like to upgrade and then decommissioned.

I am thinking to use server 2012 or 2012 R2 for the new OS.

Any thoughts and how I should go about doing this migration process ?
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Gareth GudgerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The first task is going to be what to do with your email. I assume you are using Exchange 2003 as part of SBS? If so, you can either go to Exchange 2010 (there is no direct step from 2003 to 2013) or you can take that to Office365.

The next pieces would be whether you are using the old SharePoint or SQL databases versions on SBS2003?

File shares, print shares, etc. are relatively easy to migrate. However, I would assume your SBS 2003 is 32bit and 2012 will be 64bit only. If you have older printers many never had a 64bit drive released for them. You may get lucky with Universal Print drivers, etc.

The DC is just a matter of making the 2012 server a domain controller, moving the FSMO roles and decommissioning the SBS box as a DC. Do this last. Natively once you move the FSMO roles off SBS2003 you have 7 days before it starts auto-rebooting. There is a 21 day extension that you can find on Google if needed.
LostInWindowsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Keep in Mind that if you move to Exchange 2013; it is still unsupported on Server 2012 R2. I learned this one the hard way -)
TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for your responses.

I am actually migrating  exchange to 2010 for now.

I will keep you posted.
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
I was able to do the AD part of the migration without any major issues.

How did you migrate the public folder from the SBS 2003 to the new exchange version.

I know this can be a bit tricky.
TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Any thoughts ?
Gareth GudgerCommented:
I highly recommend this article. I have used it numerous times as a reference for 2003 to 2010 Exchange Migrations.
TeavanaConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:

Thank you for this information I will use this document this weekend and let you know the results.

TeavanaAuthor Commented:
I was able to complete this project successfully. Thanks for your help.
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