Joining existing Domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Joe McNeil, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Joe McNeil

    Joe McNeil Guest

    Hi, is it possible or what is the best practice to join SBS 2003 R2 to and an
    existing Active Directory no SBS domain. Fairly new to SBS any advice is
    greatly appreciated.
    My current domain has one DC running Server 2003 STD edition.

    Joe McNeil, Jan 4, 2008
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  2. SBS must be the root of the domain and must hold all FSMO roles. You can
    only join it to another domain for the purposes of taking it over as the
    FSMO role holder.

    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jan 4, 2008
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  3. Joe McNeil

    Joe McNeil Guest

    Thank you very much Charlie that KB was just what I was looking for. Just
    wondering if it would be easier to install server 2003 as an additional DC in
    AD and transfer FSMO roles and then upgrade to SBS. Maybe its 6 of one, half
    dozen of the other scenario.

    Thanks again.
    Joe McNeil, Jan 4, 2008
  4. Joe McNeil

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    Even following the KB 'to the letter' likely will leave you with some
    'peculiarities' to deal with as the existing AD likely isn't 'vanilla'
    anymore (as SBS likes).

    What are you trying to save/salvage/migrate that warrants such efforts?
    kj [SBS MVP], Jan 4, 2008
  5. c'mon kj, installing SBS into an existing AD is a 'no brainer' following the
    KB posted. Yes, you must trust that the AD is in reasonable shape and I
    would go as far as to suggest 'if you have customised your GPO structure 1st
    undo such change', but other than custom GPOs the kb article, the CEICW, and
    the rest of the to-do list (with specific links for 'Setup existing
    Computers' and 'Migrate Users' ) can be expected to arrive at a suitable
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jan 4, 2008
  6. Joe McNeil

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    You know quite well SG that everythings not in the KB that one is likely to
    run into in a real world implementation.

    'no brainer' joining the existing domain - quite true.

    Getting SBS setup to finish building with all it's parts working (correctly)
    including monitoring - Not once in the many (non vanillas) that I've done.
    kj [SBS MVP], Jan 4, 2008
  7. I'd have to agree with Chris - follow it to the letter. I'd also advise
    doing any AD cleanup you can before hand, and having a good fallback
    position if you decide things aren't going well.

    The issue is that SBS expects AD to be a certain way. And it doesn't have a
    huge amount of flexibility about handling exceptions.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jan 4, 2008
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