The final part walks through decommissioning the old SBS 2003 server.

Remove Exchange from SBS 2003

Move all public folders to the new server.

Check the public folders are replicated to the new SBS server and are in sync.

Create a new public folder store on the new SBS 2008 server

Then drag and drop the “Public Folders” from the old administrative group to the new administrator group (and therefore server).

Delete any now redundant connectors. Just right click on them and select delete.

You should now be ready to uninstall exchange from the SBS 2003 server. To do this go to the control panel and then add/remove programs. Select “Windows Small Business Server 2003” and then the exchange option.

It will warn you if you have missed any steps. You may be asked for the SBS 2003 CD 2.

Once complete I recommend updating the address lists on the SBS 2008 servers to ensure they are up to date.


Remove Active Directory from the SBS 2003 Server


  • Confirm that the SBS 2008 IS a global catalog server. You can do this on the old SBS 2003 server as shown below.

  • You should remove the Global Catalog role from the SBS 2003 server (i.e. untick the box)
  • On the windows SBS 2003 server. Go to start, run and enter dcpromo.
  • This will launch the active directory installation wizard

  • Do not tick the above box – follow the wizard and uninstall active directory from the SBS 2003 server.

You have now removed active directory and exchange from the SBS 2003 server. I recommend then switching it off and leaving it for a few days. Once you are happy that there is no data left on it then you can do what you like with the old server. Reformat, throw it out, use it to prop open a door etc.



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