Server 2000 migration question - Promote to Domain Controller BEFORE migration?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ron Hegel, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Ron Hegel

    Ron Hegel Guest

    I have a client who is ready to move to SBS2003. They currently have Windows
    Server 2000 running but simply as a file storage device. One thing that
    needs to happen is that they need to establish a domain controller.

    Question: Should I promote the Server2000 software to domain controller
    prior to installing SBS2003 or leave it status quo and do the promotion as
    part of the SBS install?
     
    Ron Hegel, Oct 17, 2006
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  2. Hi Ron

    You need not ever promote the 2000 server. Simply join the 2000 server to
    the SBS as a Member server after install.
     
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Oct 17, 2006
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  3. Leave it. If they are adding an SBS on new hardware, don't do anything
    with the W2K box until the SBS is up and running, at which point you can
    join it to the SBS domain with the add server wizard and /connectcomputer.

    If they're in-place upgrading the existing hardware, you can just use the
    instructions in the Getting Started guide. For some reason, there are two
    Getting Started docs - the 2K upgrade instructions are in the SP1 doc, but
    you might want to get them both if you're installing R2.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/techinfo/productdoc/alpha.mspx
     
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Oct 17, 2006
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  4. Ron Hegel

    Ron Hegel Guest

    Not new box... upgrading existing 2000 server box
     
    Ron Hegel, Oct 17, 2006
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