Joining Existing Computers to New SBS 2008 Domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by fischste, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. fischste

    fischste Guest

    I have eight computers I will need to join to a SBS 2008 domain. They are
    currently joined to a Win2k server with the same domain name. I am retiring
    the Win2k server and replacing with the SBS 2008 server. They have POP3 email
    accouints, so that is not an issue.

    Do I need to unjoin the existing domain and rejoin to the SBS 2008 domain
    even though they have the same domain name? I do not want to perform AD
    migration because of existing problems.

    fischste, Feb 19, 2010
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  2. fischste

    fischste Guest

    First of all, thanks for the quick responses. . . .

    If I unjoin / rejoin, will the users keep their existing desktop profiles?
    My concern is losing all existing desktop account info.
    It would reaaly be nice to be able to just run "connect".

    fischste, Feb 19, 2010
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  3. fischste

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    The profiles are linked to the domain or the local machine. Connect can
    migrate local machine profiles.

    Even if the domain name is the same, what you are describing is two separate
    but like named domains. Unfortunately the profiles won't be so easily
    tricked and won't magically make the switch.

    kj [SBS MVP], Feb 19, 2010
  4. My understanding is that you currently have a functioning domain with 8

    You are replacing the existing domain controller and seem to be under the
    impression that you must destroy the existing domain in order to introduce
    the SBS 2008 server.

    My answer is based on these assumptions. Please tell me if I am wrong in them.

    All you really need to do in this scenario is to join the SBS 2008 server
    into your existing domain as an additional domain controller and then migrate
    the FSMO roles to the SBS server. The final step would be to raise domain and
    forest functional levels.

    That will preserve your existing domain. You can the use built-in server
    tools to move the computers into the SBS managed OUs. There will be no
    end-user impact if this is managed correctly. You can feel free to leave the
    existing DC on the network as an additional DC.
    Leonid S. Knyshov
    Crashproof Solutions
    Twitter: @wiseleo
    Microsoft Small Business Specialist
    Please vote "helpful" if I helped you :)
    Leonid S. Knyshov // SBS Expert, Feb 22, 2010
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