Migration or Fresh Install SBS 2008 to Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2
Posted on 2015-02-16
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.