Installing SBS 2008 over SBS 2003: start over clean

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    Hi everyone,

    I have SBS 2003 running on a server with 3 users, which I want to replace with SBS 2008. We don’t use Exchange anymore, we just moved to Google Apps. We have a pretty basic use of the server: runing some software and store/share files.

    We want to switch to SBS 2008. I’m thinking our system is so simple that I might rather install SBS 2008 from scratch, clean, over the SBS 2003 installation. I can’t afford another computer for testing purposes, I have to install on the current server, live.

    Installing clean would spare me the apparent nightmare of migration…….. (form what I read). However, we have 3 users, and I’d like them to still be able to access their account – at least, I’d like their new account to look like their old: same domain login, same wallpaper, same files/shortcuts on the desktop, same files in their docs & settings, same access to the shared file that are on a separate partition anyway.

    Is there an EASY way to do that? (i.e., without migrating). Since I only have 3 users, I don’t mind manually copying files too much.

    I’d appreciate any input on this matter… I’m not an expert, but I rather have a “power user” profile – assembled PCs, installed multiple OS’ in the past. But never a server.

    Thanks to you all!

    PS: I’m installing form 2003 32bit to 2008 64bits.

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