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  • We are a small company and currently have SBS 2011 in a virtual environment. WE just purchased a new Dell server and was thinking this would be a good time to remove the SBS 2011.

    Currently we only use SQL server. We do exchange hosting and never used share point.

    The exchange server has been disabled in services. I have tried to uninstall but it appears that can not be done without emptying the mailboxes. I have not time for that.

    Moving the FSMO roles seams well documented and wasn't difficult when I upgraded from SBS 2003. My question is: will i run into problems after I decommission SBS2011 by not having exchange? Is there a cleanup I should do that removes the exchange from AD?

    Thanks,

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 5:29 PM

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  • Hi,

    Read though the upgrade from SBS to Essentials docs and follow them to successfully decommission the SBS.  Or, become familiar with the tools to account for a lost DC and Exchange server.  For less than 25 users I recommend Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Server 2012 R2 with the Essentials role for up to 100 users.  You get PC backup, a console similar to SBS, and RWA.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn408633(v=ws.11).aspx

    If you don't want to work with migration, prepare the new server, either Server Standard, Server Essentials, or Server Standard with Essentials role, off line.  Move the data to a USB drive and to the new server with robocopy well ahead of time.  The advantage of robocopy is that you can update it for new and changed files and it will only copy those, skipping all the ones that exist and are not changed.

    Create the users and security groups, create shares and assign permissions.

    On move day, just do the robocopy one more time, then turn off the GPO for redirected folders in the SBS Console,  reboot the stations several times and run gpupdate /force, verify that user data has moved  back to the stations, disjoin from the domain, turn off the SBS, bring in the new server, and join the new domain.   For a small company with less than about 15 users this will be as time efficient and most can be done off line until move day.

    In any scenario, consider Essentials, either the stand alone or the Role on Server Standard.  Highly recommend.


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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 1:05 AM
  • Hi,

    Before you uninstall Exchange on the SBS 2011, you must move arbitrary mailboxes. 

    Reference below link for detail information about Uninstall Exchange Server 2010 on SBS 2011:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg615998(v=ws.11).aspx#BKMK_UninstallExchangeServer

    More information about migration, just for your reference.

    Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Essentials:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721754(v=ws.11).aspx

    Migrating to Windows Server 2012 Essentials:
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/sbs/2012/08/24/migrating-to-windows-server-2012-essentials/

    Transition from Small Business Server to Standard Windows Server:
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/infratalks/2012/09/06/transition-from-small-business-server-to-standard-windows-server/

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    Eve Wang

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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:13 AM
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:48 PM