Joining an existing W2k Domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Tim, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I'm about to purchase a Dell server with SBS preloaded. I would like to join
    the SBS to my current domain and take the old W2k server offline. is it
    possible to do this without have to do and inplace upgrade? Or should i just
    purchase W2k3 & E2k3 and make life easy?
    Tim, Oct 27, 2004
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  2. SBS cannot join another domain. It has to be the top level domain
    James M. Magee, Oct 27, 2004
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  3. unless things have changed recently that Dell pre-install is just the OS
    portion (and the CD set is copied to the HDD).

    Fire the machine up and get as far as the Windows Desktop, it will
    automatically prompt you to continue the SBS install, just cancel it. If you
    get prompted to create your AD domain cancel the process. You want just
    Windows2003 as a server.

    Join the new box to your domain.
    Prepare the 2K AD for 2K3 DC's
    DCPromo the new box into a DC role.
    Transfer the FSMO roles to it.
    Make it a GC.
    Continue SBS setup, there should be a 'continue setup' icon on the desktop,
    if not just throw CD1 into her.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 28, 2004
  4. sortta right, sortta wrong.

    SBS is the Highlander of OS's, there can be only one.

    The confusion comes from original documentation referring to the 'first'
    server in a domain. What is actually meant is that the machine which is to
    become SBS must hold the FSMO roles. It's also has to be a Global Catalog.
    If you satisfy these conditions you can make the box SBS.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 28, 2004
  5. Beyond what SuperGumby has explained, if your are interested, it's actually
    possible to bring that new SBS into your domain and have it replace the
    existing SBS entirely. By that I mean that you can bring in the new computer
    and give it the same name, same IP, same network configuration. Essentially,
    using a Swing Migration method, you could not only preserve the domain, you
    could actualy slide the new server in place of the other one transparently.

    The process follows the same logic as what SuperGumby outlined, but it's a
    bit more complicated to complete with the same server name as the result.
    I've created a product called a Swing It!! Kit that includes documentation
    and tools to make this process predictable. You can email me at
    or go to the website to request detailed info.
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Oct 28, 2004
  6. I actually assumed the existing domain was non-SBS.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 28, 2004
  7. Thanks for the info.....I didn't know that was possible. Learn something
    new everyday.....
    James M. Magee, Oct 28, 2004
  8. Indeed, would seem so, but in any case the method works from basically an
    Windows domain to any AD domain, independent of versions from and too, and
    handles Exchange on either or both ends. :)
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Oct 28, 2004
  9. Tim

    Andrew Guest

    I have two customers that I tried this with. I used supergumbys method. I
    am able to join the domain, dcpromo and finish the install. The problem is
    the install does not complete successfully. It does not install the Intranet
    module. I receive the following error "An error occurred while installing
    Windows SharePoint Services and creating your intranet site"

    Any Ideas as what to do?
    Andrew, Mar 1, 2005
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