Windows 2000Server/2003 SBS Happy Together??

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    I have one Windows 2000 Server on a small LAN and it is the PDC and I'm using
    AD. I just purchased a new Server with Windows Server SBS 2003 Standard
    Edition to use as a file server and an internal web server.
    My question is when I fire up the new server for the first time and place it
    on the LAN will it conflict with my main server (the Windows 2000 Server ) at
    all? I know there is no DC in the 2003 stuff but my Win 2000 server is my
    PDC. Will this cause problems? I cant afford to mess up my existing network
    and just need the new server to sit there and behave.

    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
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    You have to set up the SBS2003 box as a domain controller, and it has to
    hold all the FSMO roles for the domain. You can't run it as a secondary DC
    or member server in another domain.

    You will need to migrate to SBS2003 and then you can use your W2000 server
    as an additional DC or member server.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 9, 2006
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  3. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    Actually SD can setup the new SBS server joining it to the existing 2000
    domain. Some special steps are required during SBS2003 setup, but it is
    fully supported (assuming no existing Exchange ORG).

    In the end the SBS server MUST hold all FSMO roles and have all SBS server
    components under the SBS "roof" (SQL, E2K3, ISA). - Just like Lanwench said.

    The advantage in this is preserving the existing domain and all security

    There still are some caveats and you'd certainty want verification that your
    existing domain is as healthy as you think it is.


    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
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    Yes - this is why I said "migrate" :)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 9, 2006
  5. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    Mmm, sounds like I bought the wrong OS for a file server. What do you guys
    recommend since I already bought the server with the OS installed from DEll?

    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
  6. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    OEM version? Send it back if you can!

    Then read and see if
    SBS is right for you. If it is, order the Volume license version and install
    it yoursellf.


    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
  7. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    Should have researched b4 i bought, always said....Ok, how about
    this guys, since I really dont need SBS anyway because my Windows 2000 server
    does all i need for now, what do you think of just swapping out OS from SBS
    to 2003 Server Standard? If i did that , would the 2003 Standard server be
    able to sit in the corner without trying to take over and manage everything?
    In other words can the 2003 standard server join the Windows 2000 domain
    cleanly and easily be employed as a file server?

    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
  8. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    Yes, but still get a Volume License version.

    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
  9. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    thanks! BTW, what is the significance of the Volume License version?

    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
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    Yes, but if you don't already have Exchange, etc., you may wish to rethink
    this. SBS is pretty damned nice.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 9, 2006
  11. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    Support and transferability amongst others. Might want to research a little
    on OEM software also.

    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
  12. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    one last thing....and thanks in advance. When i get the Server 2003 standard
    version and install it, does it have to be a DC or is there an option to just
    let it be a stand alone server?


    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
  13. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    yea it would be easier to keep SBS cause it's on the box, but it sounds like
    it is just not easy to put it on my 2000 domain. I'm not using Exchange at
    all, just SQL server on the 2000 server.

    Did your "yes" in your last reply mean that i can put the 2003 standard
    server on the 2000 network without it being a DC at all?

    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
  14. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    Yes. - Server 2003 can be a member server to a 2000 AD without it being a
    DC. It can also be a second or subsequent DC but you'll have to upgrade your
    2000 AD schema. (a trivial process if your AD is healthy and you're not
    using Exchange currently.)

    SBS offers a lot of value for little money as Lanwench noted and it's really
    not all that difficult or risky to do. The Knowledge Base article
    step-by-steps it pretty well, but you likely would need (and want) to
    flatten the Dell pre-install and start over.


    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
  15. sdmusicmaker

    sdmusicmaker Guest

    You know, in a world where we constently hear bad news in the media, it's
    nice to know there is a community of people willing to give of their time and
    talents and help others out....thank you guys....maybe i'll get brave and go
    for the migration ;-)


    sdmusicmaker, Jan 9, 2006
  16. sdmusicmaker

    /kj Guest

    I clearly get more than I give from these newsgroups and I know I'm not

    Go for it! Do your homework and get your plan together. Then post back here
    for review. Lots of knowledgeable resources to help you avoid pitfalls and

    /kj, Jan 9, 2006
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