Problems with SBS 2003 and Domain-Workgroup config

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Teo, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Teo

    Teo Guest

    Hi guys,

    I have Windows Small Business 2003 Server installed on my Dell Poweredge.
    The server came preinstalled as a domain controller. Because I don't have
    that many XP professional licences, I had to run dcpromo on the server to
    downgrade it to a regular server without domain controller. Yesterday I was
    looking at the log files and I saw a SBCore error, that said that the
    machine was going to shut down in 60 minutes.
    After this I ran the configuration to bring it back to a domain controller.
    Everything went well and it took a long time. After the server restarted and
    prompted me with the login information. No domain was shown, just username
    and password field (like a regular windows login screen).
    I entered the Administrador user as well as the password I had and it said
    applying user configuration. It has stayed there for the past 30 mins. It
    doesn't go into Windows at all.
    How can I get it to Windows so I can check if the domain was created or not.
    For what I saw from the login screen it's not created since it doesn't ask
    me for the Domain from the list nor anything, there is no list at all.

    Any suggestions on what I can do?

    Thanks much,
    Teo
     
    Teo, Jul 12, 2007
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    Teo Guest

    Ok the server logged on, now its finishing the installation. Step 32 of 40.
    Lets see how long that takes.

    Regards,
    Teo
     
    Teo, Jul 12, 2007
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  3. I think you're confused here - XP Pro licenses allow you to run XP Pro on a
    workstation. Nothing to do with network access. Perhaps you mean CALs
    (client access licenses) - SBS comes with 5, included, and more are
    available in 5 packs.
    You can't do that. SBS must be a DC and hold all the FSMO roles.

    Even if you were to get a non-SBS W2003 box, it wouldn't resolve your CAL
    issue - b/c you need a CAL for every computer or user connecting to your
    server, SBS or no.
    Yep :)
    You can't just do that; I suspect you've pooched the install by now ....
    I'd start over with a clean install, making sure you know what you're doing
    & what SBS's limitations & capabilities are.Try posting in
    microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs - you will get a lot of help in there.
    Make sure you follow ALL the setup wizards, without fail. Even if you think
    you know better, and have experience with enterprise product versions, SBS
    has to be configured in very specific ways or it will not work.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 12, 2007
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  4. Teo

    Teo Guest

    Thanks Lanwench,

    The logon went well.
    SBS is now installing the other components. It's in step 32 of 40 but it has
    been there for the past hour and a half. Should I just cancel the
    installation. There is an icon SBS added on the desktop to resume
    installation. Or should I leave it for a couple of hours to see if anything
    changes.
    I checked the processes and it says active, it doesn't say Not Responding.
    Should I try and resume the installation?

    Thanks so much for your help.
    Regards,

    Teo
    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
     
    Teo, Jul 12, 2007
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  5. NP. Thanks for the good crossposting techniques. :)
    Meaning .... ? Did you reinstall, as I recommended?
    If you haven't started over from scratch yet, I suggest you do so.....
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 12, 2007
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  6. Teo

    Teo Guest

    Hi Lanwench,

    I am starting the reinstall tomorrow first thing in the morning.
    I tried booting with the SBS installation CD but when I got to the disks
    area where I choose where to install, SBS installation told me no hard
    drives were found. I have the two partitions C and D still created, I
    haven't touched them at all. Why the install program doesn't detect it? I
    checked my Dell documentation and driveres and I don't see any disk drivers
    that I should use for the installation. I do have a Dell Installation CD
    that goes through the whole setup of preparing the computer for the install
    but I wonder if I already have the partitions created if I can just go into
    the Windows SBS CDs and install right away without going through the Dell CD
    and recreate everything. I was looking to see if I had any disks that I
    might need for the hard drives but I don't see so most likely I don't need
    them.
    Please let me know as I plan to install that server tomorrow morning first
    thing.

    Regards and thanks,
    Teo
    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
     
    Teo, Jul 13, 2007
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  7. Teo

    Eugene Tan Guest

    hi Teo,

    If you see "no hard drives", this means that the HD adaptor (SCSI?)
    has not been installed. During the install bootup from CD, you will
    see prompt to "press F6" to install additional drivers. It appears for
    only a moment before the rest of the install continues. Usually my
    finger is on standby next to F6 - this msg flashes between 3 secs to
    15 secs after the boot from CD (depending on your server speed).

    Well, after you press F6, you'll later get a prompt to insert the driver
    disk. This means you need to create a driver floppy using the CD
    provided or some other means. Call Dell for support or use a PC
    to create a floppy disk, and you'll need to know what your Dell
    server is using.

    HTH,
    Eugene Tan
    SBS MVP

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    Eugene Tan, Jul 13, 2007
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  8. Since you have a Dell, try booting from their OpenManage Install CD ....this
    will install all the drivers for you.
    They're probably SCSI then - RAID?
    Definitely use that.
    No, wipe them out and start over from scratch.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 13, 2007
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  9. Teo

    Teo Guest

    I reinstalled and everything is great now.
    Thanks much guys!

    Teo
    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
     
    Teo, Jul 13, 2007
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  10. You're very welcome - glad it's working.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 14, 2007
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