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Migration or Fresh Install SBS 2008 to Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2

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Hi,

What's the current expert consensus on moving an office with SBS 2008 to WSE 2012 R2.  Migration or start clean with a fresh install, new domain, etc.

I did a migration of sbs 2003 to WSE 2012 R2.  It went okay, but in the end a lot of steps and it seems like WSE really prefers entries (Users and Computers) in other places than where a SBS had them.  I've also noticed some quirky problems with certificates and some of the wizards (Anywhere Access) not working quite right.

If I copy all the data, including Redirected folders, other than profile settings, what would be the impact of a fresh install.  In fact, I think some of the 3-4 year old profiles probably could use a freshening up.

Only about 1/3 of the user accounts have to be on the new server (high turnover and not a lot of user maintenance).  With a new box, would only need to create the real users.

Exchange isn't an issue as the company moved to Google Apps a while ago.

I'm just trying to get a read on the real life best practice.



Thanks for your input.
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Personally I go by user count mostly.  If the customer is relatively small, i.e. less than 10 or so users then I would probably do a clean install.  The migration route is only beneficial if there are alot of users and there is a reason to keep the domain the same  - I.e. third party software that is dependant on AD or something.

Time wise, for 10 users your only going to lose a few hours rejoining PC's to the domain and setting up folder redirections if needed.  A few hours is a good price to pay for a clean install IMO.
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Thanks.  That's my feeling as of now.  I have to more closely examine the client and see how many users they actually have.  They're the kind to go 'Oh did I forget to mention the new sales team starting tomorrow'...

There are a couple graphics users that have special settings in Adobe and Corel software that may not be happy if their profiles are lost, but still may be better to deal with those couple circumstances rather than a migration.

So any out there on the pro migration side?
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With regards to the Corel settings, I believe they can be exported as well.  I'll let a few other EE members comment.
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