New SBS server to replace W2K server and NT4 server with Exchange 5.5

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Goal: Put in place new server with SBS 2003, keep existing AD domain, users, email, file permissions, Blackberry server. Current Config: One domain, W2K AD server with shared files. NT4 server with Exchange 5.5 (SP4). W2K member server with BES. 25 users, 30 mailboxes, 5 public folders with custom forms. I just bought a new server with SBS 2003 Std. I want to put it in place to replace NT4 (BDC) server and W2K AD server. I am wondering about how I can do this leaving some of the existing pieces in place to allow the conversion of data before taking them offline. I would like to migrate over all the W2K users (same as ones on NT4 server, same domain) and the shared files to the SSB server. I know the SBS server will have a different server name, but may choke on being in the same Domain if there is an already AD server. I know one option is to save all the email accounts to a PST, create the users on the SBS server with same username and then import in the PST to their Exchange account. Not sure what I would do with the Public Folders. I can copy all the W2K shared folders to a workstation C drive and then put them on the SBS 2003 server and set the directory permissions. I am just looking for those people with experience to indicate maybe a quicker way or what problems I will have with the brute-force method. Thanks in advance
ASKED: June 15, 2005  12:23 PM
UPDATED: June 16, 2005  7:10 AM

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Your easiest way would be to stick the SBS in as another DC on your domain and let the user data waft across from the Win 2k machine. Then copy your data overnight to the new server. Then fiddle for days with Exchange.

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