NT4 SBS to W2K3?

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Steele, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Steele

    Steele Guest

    I have a single, SBS NT4 server on my network. I am getting a new server,
    new Windows 2003 licenses and Exchange 2003 licenses. I would like to set up
    the new server and upgrade the domain without completely getting rid of the
    SBS server. Here's my plan (in a nutshell) - if someone sees a problem,
    please let me know if I can't do this:

    1. Install new server as NT 4 BDC in existing SBS domain.
    2. Promote BDC to PDC.
    3. Upgrade new PDC to Windows 2003.
    4. Install Exchange 2003 into existing Exchange 5.5 Site.
    5. Move mailboxes from SBS server to new E2K3 server.

    Will this work? I'm hoping to end up with a fully functional mixed-mode
    Windows 2003 domain, with a Windows 2003 domain controller and an NT 4
    domain controller. Is that what I'd get? Are there any co-existence problems
    that I need to be aware of between W2K3 and an SBSNT4 domain controllers?
    Steele, Jul 19, 2004
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  2. Hi Steele,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    Then original SBS 4.5 server will not work properly as NT BDC after you
    upgrade PDC to Windows Server 2003. You need to offline it and reinstall a
    clean NT 4 or Windows 2003 then rejoin domain.

    Before your remove it from domain, you can choose to use Exmerge out the
    Exchange data from SBs 4.5 and then import to the new Exchange 2003 server.

    There is some good info in the ExMerge section in the following articles:

    HOW TO: Recover the Information Store on Exchange 2000 in a Single Site
    - http://support.microsoft.com/?id=313184

    Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Merge Program (Exmerge.exe) Information
    - http://support.microsoft.com/?id=174197

    In addition, I would also like to suggest that you post your questions to
    the following news groups:


    The above news groups are dedicated to SBS-related issues. I believe that
    you can get informative answers there.

    Thanks for using our news groups!

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 20, 2004
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  3. Steele

    Mark Mancini Guest

    you cannot do this, you need to run ADMT2.0 and move users, mailboxes, and
    shares over. Works great!
    Mark Mancini, Jul 20, 2004
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