There's a major flaw in your plan - it won't work. The domain name is
just a visible identifier, it's the underlying security IDs (SIDs)
that are critical. Using the same domain name won't work - in fact it
will actually make things worse.
Clearly you're planning on manually creating the users manually - not
a problem, I did it the same way a few weeks ago. However you will
have to join the computers to the new domain, and for that reason it
will be better to have a different domain name (and different server
How are you plannign to migrate the shared folders, Companydata
intranet website, and Exchneg mailboxes?
Take a look at the official migration path (easy to find in google -
"Small Business Server 2003 Migration). Also look at sbsmigration.com
for an alternative.
As a final point, I'd recommend you reinstall the ser new server
anyway, for a number of reasons:
1) You know what's on it. You've done it. Who knows how Dell's image
has configured things?
2) You'll probably find it easier to migrate in the future - SBS2000
to SBS2003 was complicated by pre-built server images (IWAM usernames
3) if you choose the official migration path, you'll probably need to
reinstall it anyway to trigger the migration mode.
I think you need to do some reading, as your current approach is too
Hope this helps.
On Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:31:01 -0800, Ali M
>I need to upgrade one of my customer's SBS2003 Std network to SBS 2008
>premium. They are small company with about 15 PCs, 20 accounts and almost
>25-30 email addresses. I ordered a new DELL server with SBS 2008 already
>installed on it.
>Upon the server's arrival, my plan is to disconnect current server from
>network and setup domain controller on the new server with same domain name
>as the current one to minimize work on work-stations and then setup accounts
>(with an initial password), email addresses and PCs manually on new server
>and once everything is Ok, decommission the old server. Users are ready to
>start with the initial password and change passwords after first logon.
>We also currently use VPN for remote access.
>Is there any flaw in my plan? What would be the best upgrade plan for this