Joining 2003 R2 member servers to an existing SBS 2003 SP1 domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by MechHead, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. MechHead

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    First of this possible? Second, what are my licensing issues going
    to be? I know that joining a 2003 standard SP1 server to an existing SBS 2003
    sp1 domain as a member server doesn't create any licensing issues. The CALs
    for SBS 2003 will cover access to any of the other SP1 member servers. What
    about R2 I going to have to make one of the R2 member servers a
    licensing server and purchase R2 CALs? Sorry for all the questions guys...I
    had just completed the planning of a migration away from SBS 2003 to 2003
    standard R2 and now the company I work for is deciding to take all the new R2
    servers and make them members of the original SBS 2003 domain. Thanks for any
    MechHead, Feb 12, 2007
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  2. yup.
    If they will be additional DCs you need to use the adprep from disk 2 to
    join them...otherwise if just normal member servers you use /connectcomputer

    Server cals are covered by the SBS cals. There's no additional cals needed.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Feb 13, 2007
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  3. In
    How to prepare the SBS domain for an additional R2 Domain Controller:

    Upcoming articles:

    1. Install and configure a Windows 2003 R2 server as a branche office server
    a. Install DNS, DHCP and Wins
    b. Connect the server to the remote SBS 2003 Premium using RRAS
    c. Run DCPromo to promote the branche office server

    2. Things to do on the SBS after you ran dcpromo on the member server


    Mariƫtte Knap
    One of the Magical M&M's
    Mariette Knap [SBS MVP], Feb 13, 2007
  4. Great stuff, Mariette :)
    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Feb 22, 2007
  5. Hi customer,

    Thanks for posting here.

    From the description, I understand the issue is that you want to know if it
    is possible to join a 2003 R2 member server to an existing SBS 2003 SP1
    domain, and you are concerned about R2 CALs issue, If I am off base, please
    don't hesitate to let me know.

    You are correct, if you make the R2 standard servers as member server, not
    DC, they will work fine.

    Please refer to the following documents.

    Running Multiple Servers in a Windows Small Business Server Environment

    Add and Manage Additional Servers in a Windows Small Business Server Domain

    But if you make R2 standard servers as additional domain controller in SBS
    2003 SP1 environment. You need to run Adprep.exe /forestprep to upgrade
    the schema on the current schema master DC of the existing domain. The
    Adprep.exe command-line tool is available in the Cmpnents\r2\adprep
    directory on the Windows Server 2003 R2 installation CD.

    For your R2 CAL issue, SBS 2003 CALs cover any additional Windows 2003
    Servers added to the domain. You do not have to purchase additional CALs
    for these servers. And this also included R2 server, please refer to the
    following KB article.

    Hope this helps

    I appreciate your time. I am happy to be of assistance and look forward to
    your reply.

    Best regards,

    Jacky Luo (MSFT)
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