I need to migrate my 2003 exchange server to 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010. Are there step by step instructions for this? It will be an "on Premises Only install.

I need to migrate off of 2003 server and exchange to 2008 R2 and exchange 2010, are there specific steps and a guideline to follow.  once I start do I need to finish or can I build the server, install exchange and then start the migration?  is it cleaner/easier to just have users save all of there emails to an archive folder and start with a new exchange 2010 box and not migrate at all?
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Montana ManIT SupportAuthor Commented:
should I move to 2013 instead?
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
I recommend you move to 2013, however, it is a 2 step migration where you need to migrate to 2007 or 2010 and then to 2013.  One step migration is possible but you will require third-party tools from companies such as CodeTwo or Dell.  Below is a link for migrating from 2003 to 2013.
Montana ManIT SupportAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I don't see a link?
Zacharia KurianAdministrator- Data Center & NetworkCommented:
If you look forward for an easy and hassle free transition, I would recommend to use 3rd party tools like Code two because the transition from 2003 to 2013 is harder than you think.


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Montana ManIT SupportAuthor Commented:
would it be easier and cleaner to just install 2013 and move user archives and reconnect users to the new exchange box?  I have under 100 users and are looking for a seamless easy migration for them.
Montana ManIT SupportAuthor Commented:
If I were to install exchange 2013 is there a way to see the archives from 2003?  right now I only have one public ip address for use.  this ip is also already tied to my router, firewall, encryption, and spam filters to route mail thru to our networks.  I am thinking if I can just archive everyones emails on a Friday night, down the old 2003 server bring up the new 2013 server and then login as each user and connect to the new server and setup the archives to be able to view and then just start receiving new email to the new server on Monday morning?  Thoughts?
Montana ManIT SupportAuthor Commented:
does anyone know a exchange consultant for hire?
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