SBS2003 demoted as Domain, shuts down error must be a domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by rokitrik, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. rokitrik

    rokitrik Guest

    Have demoted a SBS2003 from a domain server to a stand alone server as
    business is shutting down and wants to use the unit as a workstation. Want
    to run this as a stand alone server. Demotion went OK using the demotion
    command line tool. Now the server shuts itself down with the error message
    that the licensing requires this to be a domain server and system will shut
    down in 1 minute. How do I fix this so that I can run this machine as a
    stand alone server, no domain, no forest? Also have CA set as a stand alone.
    Thanks Rick
    rokitrik, Jul 7, 2005
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  2. SBS *has* to be a DC and hold all FSMO roles... it can't be a member server
    nor a workgroup server. If you want to use it as a workstation... install XP
    on it. Seriously!
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Jul 7, 2005
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  3. rokitrik

    Bill Swan Guest

    Hi You can't demote SBS, as it is not expected to be done the *normal*
    demote does not properly reverse the role in SBS.

    As it needs to be a workstation, flatten and install XP. Why do you still
    want to run it as a server? This then poses the question about backup and
    prior data ? What you doing with this Exchange database etc.

    Thinking of upgrading .. COOL... (2000 and 2003)

    microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz2000 (2000 NG) (2003 NG)
    Bill Swan, Jul 7, 2005
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