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  • Starting with SBS2008 with plans to migrate shortly to S2K8 and Exchange

    Hello all,

    I'm on a tight schedule to get a new office up and running. Things should calm down after we are operational and there's a second IT person to be hired. I just had the idea of installing a SBS2008 box to get us started (office PC with RAID) which would give me more time (90 days trial) to get the main servers operational. We'll only be 20-30 users to start with.

    Now my concern is how easy is it to migrate the users and Mailboxes. The copy I have of SBS2008 is the original (not R2) and the new servers will run Server 2008 R2 or possibly Server 2012. I'm not sure if we will stay with Exchange, we might opt to host our email externally but it's possible we get Exchange server(s) as well.

    My only concern at the moment is that I don't know if I have enough time to order, install and configure all the main servers. Should I even consider starting of with SBS2008 and then migrate or will this fail miserably?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    All the best,
    Andy

    [EDIT] fixed some factual errors...[/EDIT]
    Last edited by brandmur; 9th October 2012, 17:27.

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    Re: Starting with SBS2008 with plans to migrate shortly to S2K8 and Exchange

    Hello again,

    now I know we will setup MS Server 2008 R2. The problem still is that the hardware is not here and I need an Exchange server.

    Active Directory should be easy enough to migrate/replicate on an other DC but how is it with Exchange? There can only be one Exchange server in a SBS2008 domain right? Would I be able to move or migrate Exchange to an other server and go to separate servers instead of one SBS 2008 box? Anyone have any experience of this?

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      Re: Starting with SBS2008 with plans to migrate shortly to S2K8 and Exchange

      As far as I know SBS likes everything under one roof - or box in this case. If your plan is to start with SBS and then migrate I dont see this being a biggy... Setup exchange on the new server, migrate the mailboxes to the new server once all the roles have been migrated decommission your sbs as per this cheeky little website describes
      http://blog.thefullcircle.com/2011/0...omain-dcpromo/

      Just remember you have 21 days grace from removing the FSMO roles from your SBS to your new server - probably worth giving it a week to make sure all is well then nobble the SBS
      Last edited by 5habbaranks; 10th October 2012, 21:58.

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        Re: Starting with SBS2008 with plans to migrate shortly to S2K8 and Exchange

        Thanks 5habbaranks for the info and the link!!

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          Re: Starting with SBS2008 with plans to migrate shortly to S2K8 and Exchange

          I know this is an old thread, but you can run full product of Windows for 120 days without a key and same for Exchange 2010, so if you are going to move to full product then why not start there rather than the additional complexities of SBS?

          Simon.
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