Upgrade 2008 Standard DC to 2008 SBS

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Steve Hess, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Steve Hess

    Steve Hess Guest


    I have a 2008 Standard Edition Server acting as sole DC in 2008 AD Domain.
    Would like to install Exchange 2007/2010 on the same box and figure upgrading to SBS gets me off the hook for installing Exchange on a DC.
    Since the server is already 64 bit and AD is already at 2008 level, was looking for confirmation that in place upgrade was a pretty straight forward affair.

    Much thanks!

    Steve Hess
    Carolinas IT
    Raleigh NC
    Steve Hess, Mar 10, 2010
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  2. No such luck. There is no "upgade" path from any version of Windows to SBS
    2008. You can introduce a new box into an existing domain, or you can "swing"
    the AD, shares and settings back to the old box, (www.sbsmigration.com),
    or you can wipe the existing box and install SBS from scratch.

    The prevailing wisdom here is that for under about 10 to 15 client workstations,
    it might be easier to start from scratch.

    What ever you do, be certain you have several tested backups of the existing,
    or if RAID1, pull out one of the mirrored drives and replace it with another
    for the safety of haveing on on the shelf.

    Please post the resolution to your
    issue so others may benefit
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    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP], Mar 10, 2010
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  3. Steve Hess

    Steve Foster Guest

    There is *no* inplace upgrade option with SBS2008.

    The Exchange installation on SBS2008 is slipstreamed into the server build
    (lord alone knows why the SBS dev team went this way!), and doesn't
    install like a normal Exchange Server install.

    You cannot get SBS2008 on that existing box without flattening it as part
    of the process.

    If you want to have SBS2008 on it while retaining your existing AD, you're
    going to have to find a way to put up another DC somewhere (a virtual
    machine is generally a good option), and treat the overall project as an
    SBS migration.
    Steve Foster, Mar 10, 2010
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