Win2000 AD company merging w/ 2003 SBS company

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Matt, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Our company [let's call it A], currently running a Windows 2000 AD
    network, is merging with a smaller company with a network composed
    of two Windows 2003 SBS servers. We have about 30 users, they have
    about 15.

    Our premerger company has two DCs, 1 of which runs Exchange 2000. Other
    than that, we have a file server, two terminal servers, a print server
    and a couple of 2K3 servers running VPNs. Except for the last two
    mentioned servers, they all run Server 2000.

    Both locations are in the same metro area, so getting adequate
    connections between both networks shouldn't be overly difficult.

    I envision having both locations in the same domain, but different
    sites. To make things more efficient, it seems to make sense to upgrade
    our network to Server 2003, considering the improvements in 2003. We
    would also add an Exchange 2003 server and upgrade our existing Exchange
    server's hardware and software.

    How best should we move the other company into our domain while
    minimizing downtime?

    What licensing issues might we run into as a result of joining the two
    networks together? Not being that familiar with SBS, I don't know the
    ramifications of such a change.

    I'm sure there's some other large issue I'm missing, so fire away with
    questions.

    I appreciate any help you can provide. I have much to learn.

    Matt
     
    Matt, Nov 20, 2004
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    ptwilliams Guest

    I don't know much about SBS, but I do know that SBS *has* to be the forest
    root. It sounds like you plan on moving all servers over to 2003, in which
    case MS offer an SBS - full-blown server migration pack, which makes the
    cost of upgrade less frightening apparently.

    If you do this, then you've just got to look at straight-forward AD design.
    If you choose to stay with SBS, you'll need to join that domain. I don't
    know if it supports multiple-domains either - not even sure it supports a
    tree.

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    Paul Williams

    http://www.msresource.net
    http://forums.msresource.net


    Our company [let's call it A], currently running a Windows 2000 AD
    network, is merging with a smaller company with a network composed
    of two Windows 2003 SBS servers. We have about 30 users, they have
    about 15.

    Our premerger company has two DCs, 1 of which runs Exchange 2000. Other
    than that, we have a file server, two terminal servers, a print server
    and a couple of 2K3 servers running VPNs. Except for the last two
    mentioned servers, they all run Server 2000.

    Both locations are in the same metro area, so getting adequate
    connections between both networks shouldn't be overly difficult.

    I envision having both locations in the same domain, but different
    sites. To make things more efficient, it seems to make sense to upgrade
    our network to Server 2003, considering the improvements in 2003. We
    would also add an Exchange 2003 server and upgrade our existing Exchange
    server's hardware and software.

    How best should we move the other company into our domain while
    minimizing downtime?

    What licensing issues might we run into as a result of joining the two
    networks together? Not being that familiar with SBS, I don't know the
    ramifications of such a change.

    I'm sure there's some other large issue I'm missing, so fire away with
    questions.

    I appreciate any help you can provide. I have much to learn.

    Matt
     
    ptwilliams, Nov 20, 2004
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  3. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I did find something for an SBS 2000 migration pack at:
    http://www.microsoft.com/sbserver/techinfo/productdoc/migrate_pack.asp
    but, I'm still looking for SBS 2003 migration pack or whatever is
    offered for that purpose.
    Our office is just regular Server 2000 AD. I'd like to upgrade our
    office to 2003, then join the smaller SBS 2003 office to our domain.

    I don't
    I'd like to get down to one domain with two sites. There will be just
    over 50 users total once things are merged, which looks to be beyond
    what SBS allows.

    Thanks for the pointer.

    Is there a more relevant group to where I should post my question?

    Matt
     
    Matt, Nov 21, 2004
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  4. Matt

    ptwilliams Guest

    That depends. If you want to keep SBS, there's an SBS newsgroup. If you're
    going to bin SBS, then use this group ;-)

    I'd recommend you create a new forest and domain and migrate both old
    domains into this new one.

    You can do this with the free tool from MS - ADMT (Active Directory
    Migration Tool).

    --

    Paul Williams

    http://www.msresource.net/
    http://forums.msresource.net/
     
    ptwilliams, Nov 21, 2004
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