expired beta

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by terry, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. terry

    terry Guest

    Some genius who used to work here loaded our main server
    with Server 2003 BETA which has, of course, expired.
    Before we were aware that it was BETA, we became dependent
    on the Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP which are STILL
    ACTIVE on the BETA server, even though we can no longer
    access it.

    We have a licensed copy of Server 2003, which is running
    on an old mail server, configured to run our office.
    Cheezy setup, but now that boy-genius has left, we are a
    little leery of just loading 2003 over the BETA copy,
    because we don't know if all the setting will be
    retained.

    Anyone else have a similar experience? Any advice? We
    can't "get into" or log into the Beta server AT ALL. We
    know it's running some of our services because when it's
    off-line, DNS and DHCP stop working.

    HELP!!!
     
    terry, Jul 27, 2004
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    Brian O'Neil Guest

    Just an untested theory:
    Try installing another DC into your domain on another box, join it to that domain, transfer the FSMO roles and take the beta box.
    If DNS is working, it may quite possibly work.
    -Brian
     
    Brian O'Neil, Jul 27, 2004
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  3. terry

    Feng Mao Guest

    Hi Terry,

    Thank you for posting!

    I wonder if there is another Domain Controller in your domain. As you said
    that you found DNS and DHCP stopped working, can other computers in the
    domain log on to the domain? If so, we may install/enable DNS and DHCP on
    that Domain Controller first.

    If there is no other Domain Controller, it will be better to estabile one
    in another box first.

    Have a nice day!

    Thanks & Regards,

    Feng Mao [MSFT], MCSE
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

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    | Some genius who used to work here loaded our main server
    | with Server 2003 BETA which has, of course, expired.
    | Before we were aware that it was BETA, we became dependent
    | on the Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP which are STILL
    | ACTIVE on the BETA server, even though we can no longer
    | access it.
    |
    | We have a licensed copy of Server 2003, which is running
    | on an old mail server, configured to run our office.
    | Cheezy setup, but now that boy-genius has left, we are a
    | little leery of just loading 2003 over the BETA copy,
    | because we don't know if all the setting will be
    | retained.
    |
    | Anyone else have a similar experience? Any advice? We
    | can't "get into" or log into the Beta server AT ALL. We
    | know it's running some of our services because when it's
    | off-line, DNS and DHCP stop working.
    |
    | HELP!!!
    |
    |
     
    Feng Mao, Jul 28, 2004
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