Migration of sbs2008 to Server2012 with Exchange 2013


i am going to plan the migration of our running SBS2008 to a virtualized Server.

There will be a Server 2012 Essential as DC (we don´t need many users so essential is fine)
and Server 2012 with Exchange 2013.

What is the best way to get our AD migrated to the essential server and the mails (and maybe settings) to the new Exchange server ?


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Simon Butler (Sembee)Connect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
The guide I have posted explains exactly what you need to do in order to get everything but Exchange across.
For Exchange, just do a regular migration. Microsoft have a tool which can assist you with building a checklist and instructions:

Simon Butler (Sembee)Connect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
For Essentials, follow the guide from Microsoft for the migration:

For Exchange, once you have the Essentials installation complete, just install Exchange 2013 SP1 in the usual way. You can then integrate it in to Essentials and move the data in the same way as per any normal migration between two Exchange servers. Once complete, remove Exchange 2007 from the source server and then complete the process to remove SBS completely.

LostInWindowsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
One other piece of the puzzle. Server 2012 Essentials does not support Hyper-V so if you want to reduce hardware costs, you would need to consider VMware or else you would need 2 physical servers. For Hyper-V to work, you would need Server 2012 standard or Server 2012 R2 standard.
loosainAuthor Commented:
We have server 2012 as host. We want to install the server 2012 twice (this is ok in licencing) virtual. And a third VM will be Server 2012 Essential.
Host Server 2012 Std = Only HyperV-Role
VM Server 2012 std = Exchange
VM Server 2012 std = SQL
VM Server 2012 Essential = DC and Fileserver

The question was, what do i need to do, to get Active-Directory from a SBS2008 to the 2012 Essential and in the second step, how to get the configuration and mails from the SBS-Exchange to the Exchange on the Server2012-STD...
loosainAuthor Commented:
worked for me.
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