All the documentation I am seeing talks about somehow doing this to debug the process before doing this for real .
All te documentation talks about 2008 r2 not SBS 2008
The problem is I don't have the resources for this and i'm concerned what this would do to the network to have another identical server on it .
Please tell me that I can just migrate the roles one by one from the existing server .
I have already migrated the exchange 2007 to office 365 .
Ideally I would like to bring up the r 2012 server on the same network as the SBS and migrate the desktops then shutdown the SBS box .
Here are my concerns .
1. The SBS 2008 (mycompany.local) box is in production and I would rather not be patching or otherwise changing its configuration due to the risk of downtime. ( I am hoping for a migration where I export a file from one server and import it into another .
2. I need to do the migration in the background until cutover .
3. I need to have the new server run in parallel so i can configure services and roles etc without disruption of the existing setup .
I was told in another question that I cannot simply have a new AD domain (Mycompany-v2.local ) on the new server and copy the other roles so now I am stuck because I also cant have the new server on the old tree without disruption either .
I don't have the luxury of a separate network lab environment .
Please help me get past this issue . Where I am stuck is how to have AD on the new server so I can begin setting up groups and policies the way they need to be . ( EX: can I copy and rename the AD and bring it up as a separate new domain so I can work on it ?)