Migrating from Small Business Server 203

We decided to purchase a new SBS 2011 Standard and build a new domain instead of swinging over.
What do I do to prepare my PCs?, they are all Windows 7 Prof.

Here is a to do list:
1. Outlook, backup to a .pst file (we are not using Exchange on the SBS) using a hosting service
backup to local folder C:\username-backup)
2. Join a workgroup and remove off the 2003 Domain
Making sure we have the password for the local account on the PC
3. backup any files that maybe on the desktop and documents folder
backup to local folder C:\username-backup)
4. backup  I.E. favorites
backup to local folder C:\username-backup)

any suggestions are appricated
jsarinanaI.T. ManagerAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
sounds reasonable.. you may want to clean up the user profiles as you will have remnants sitting in c:\users

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It appears you have purchased the wrong version of Server.  If you're not using Exchange, you should not be using SBS - the license costs is about the same for the OS, but the Client Access Licenses are roughly DOUBLE the price for SBS.  Additionally, SBS is old at this point.  While still supported, it's on it's way out and based on 2008 R2 which is 2 generations removed from the current version of Windows Server and probably 6-12 months away from being 3 generations removed.  I can understand not going to the newest product (though I don't often agree with that either), but I'd say you should be moving to 2012.

Next, you appear to be planning a forklift upgrade where you have to move everything manually and remove/readd the workstations to the domain. Why?  Why aren't you just doing an appropriate migration to preserve your domain membership/user accounts/passwords/profiles?

You may have some very good reasons... but so far, it sounds like you're planning on doing a lot of unnecessary work.  Unfortunately, it also looks like you don't have experience doing this properly which would then require hiring an outside consultant to assist you or spend many hours learning (the former is usually cheaper in the long run).
jsarinanaI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks  Lee
The plan is to move to Exchange later in the year, this is a non profit org which has many accounts that we don't need anymore as well as many accounts that we do not know what they are for
The main reason for SBS is the remote work place and Exchange
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Are you not eligible for TechSoup?  SBS is fine if your intending to move to Exchange...  If the main reason to do a forklift is you have a lot of unknown accounts, then DISABLE them.  And delete them in 6 months when you know they aren't needed - that's not a reason to forklift - MIGRATE.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
I'd be curious to know where you're still finding SBS software as it not been available from Microsoft for 18 months?

But assuming you found it, are you planning to use the same hardware for server or is there new hardware?
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