Where I work we have the following setup:
- ActiveDirectory Server (windows server 2000) - Adserver01
- Exchange Server (exchange 2000)- (windows server 2000) - Development01
- SQLserver (sql server 2008) - (windows server 2008) - Sqlserver02
- Fileserver - (also runs DNS / DHCP) (windows server 2000) - Fileserver01
We have the above servers in our local network, now as you can probably tell it's time to upgrade as who wants to run 12 year old server software and we really need to upgrade exchange from 2000 to 2010.
The main concern is how are we going to do the upgrades without losing users emails / user areas / userhomes etc. Fileserver01 is only still on the network as it runs DHCP/DNS but ideally we'd like to phase that out.
I don't think it'd be good idea (but I could be wrong) to go ahead and just plonk a new exchange 2010 box on our existing network and migrate users over, I think if we're going to be doing exchange, active directory should be brought up to date as well.
So would you guys set up a new network and migrate the users over OR would you upgrade the boxes and software using the wizzards included. (I'm not sure how possible it is to upgrade windows server 2000 to 2008 or exchange users from exchange 2000 to exchange 2010.
edit: The hardware isn't terrible and we'd like to re-use what we can if possible. I.E. as soon as fileserver01 is taken out of the mix, we can use that hardware as a new box.
But we can buy new if needed.
Any advice would really be appreciated.