2008 SBS to Essential Server 2012

Ok, so I have a 2008 SBS server.  I have purchased a 2012 Essential server.  Most of my misc. functions are moving tot he cloud.  Specifically, I am moving Exchange, the Phone solution, CRM, Backup, and so forth.

I'm leaving behind QuickBooks, and Document management as the company will move towards a paperless environment as soon as is feasible.

I have a domain now under SBS.  Doe it make sense to build a second domain and or simply add the essential server as a member server for the time being and then migrate it the role of domain controller once I retire or is that technically impractical.

I'm looking for some insight at to what might be te best way.  This is likely a opinion matter more than pure objectivity.

Thank you
John NauAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
I'd recommend joining the essentials server to the existing domain and migrating roles. The end -user experience is far less disruptive and that alone is often worth the mild learning curve.

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John NauAuthor Commented:
Even though the 2088 server is an SBS installation?
Outside of that I'm thinking your right?  Just want to be clear that you don't see any issue with sbs limitations?

Cliff GaliherCommented:
As essentials is the spiritual successor to SBS, it was part of the product roadmap to support such a migration. Just keep in mind that you do have a limited window in which to migrate since SBS and essentials also have similar restrictions. This is nothing new though. Anybody who has ever migrated from one version of SBS to another (such as 2003 to 2008) is going to be familiar with the same basic principles in play.
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