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migrate from sbs2003 to 2012 standard with exchange 2013

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i have a sbs 2003 server running exchange for 10 users
i have bought a 2012 standard server with exchange 2013
what is the easiest way for me to migrate
can i install server alongside and just migrate mailboxs etc
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Unfortunately the migration path is rather convoluted. Exchange 2003 and 2013 have no direct coexistence support. You'll need to introduce an intermediate exchange server such as 2007 or 2010, move the mailboxes, then introduce 2013 and move them again.

Alternative you can export mailboxes to PST and then import them. But that has the downside that significant metadata is lost and the DR scenario if something goes wrong is more complicated.

And finally there are 3rd party services than can automate a direct migration from 2003 to 2013. But the cost is not cheap. If it were me, I recommend the first path. Keeping control of your data, making regular backups, and having a way back is worth its weight in gold.

As far as migrating the other stuff, TechNet has plenty of guidance for migrating ADDS, file servers, DHCP, etc. All that is straightforward and SBS doesn't introduce any particular challenges. Exchange (and SharePoint if you'd use it) will be the big hurdles. And because of that, there are no easy-to-follow "thus just works" migration docs. Migrating from that many old products to new ones takes skill and knowledge that sadly can't be condensed into a simple guide.
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by:dougdog
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can i install the new 2012 dc into the existing domain
then migrate printers
then migrate data
then migrate dhcp dns
then install exchange import psts
demote sbs 2003
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by:Ivan
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Hi there,

beside exchange, there is a mid step that needs to be done, regarding migrating sbs2003 domain to windows 2012.
You have to install windows 2012 essentials (get trial from somewhere) in transition mode first. That is going to allow you to migrate AD domain services to windows 2012. When you install Essentials, you will get wizard to add new domain controller to a existing domain, next, next..wait till it is done, and you have new AD DC wich run 2012.

 After that you can simple, via power shell or cmd, upgrade essentials to standard edition. One command with serial key of windows standard.

To prepare SBS for migration: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200136.aspx

After that is done, you install dhcp, and reconfigure dhcp to give new dns server to clients.
Migrate FSMO roles, printers, etc...

Now you can install new exchange 2010 or 2007 (trial) and migrate exchange 2003. This is mid step, as Cliff said.

Link i used when I did this migration myself: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200112.aspx
There are few other steps, but this will get you started.

Regards,
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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"then install exchange import psts"

To install Exchange 2013 you would have to completely eliminate all traces of Exchange 2003.
That means you lose everything inside Exchange - the PST files are just the data.

- permissions
- email addresses
- links between calendars
- nickname contents (they will not work for internal recipients without additional work).

The double hop migration as already outlined is the best way to do this, as you will not lose all of the information. While you can document the settings, you will miss things. You are looking at documenting 10 years of changes, even with a small number of users that will be difficult to do 100%.

Don't try and shortcut the migration. Do it as outlined and it will not cause much business disruption. PST migration method is very disruptive.

Simon.
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by:dougdog
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once i install server 2012 in migration mode
will i be able to access the onld sbs2003 server as normal for 21 days?
i will need time to migrate the exchange
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by:Cliff Galiher
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If you are installing 2012 standard as your original question suggests then there is no migration mode and you'll only start a 21 day countdown on SBS when you transfer the FSMO roles... so that could be the very last thing you do before retiring the SBS server. A fairly common practice truthfully.
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by:dougdog
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i was going to install essentials in migration mode as per spriggan13
do i not need to do this
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by:dougdog
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do i need to install essentials to be able to migrate active directory etc
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by:Ivan
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Yes,

you install essentials in migration mode, and then procede with migration of AD, exchange.

Regards,
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by:Ivan
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Link i used when I did this migration myself: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200112.aspx

Regards,
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by:dougdog
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yes so i do need to install the essentials version as a mid step
or can i just install stabdard and do the same thing?
if i use standard do i need to setup everything from scratch
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Essentials is not required to migrate Active Directory. Only install Essentials if you plan on keeping it or want the essentials features.
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by:Ivan
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Well, I just followed MS guide, on that link, that used essentials. It was easy to install and required only 1 command to upgrade it to standard.

That is how I have done it, with no problem. Did not try with some other versions of win.

Regards,
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by:dougdog
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so what would the steps be to migrate using standard
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