2003 SBS with Win2000 Server AD

Microsoft Windows small business server...
August 3, 2010 at 15:07:05
Specs: Windows 2003 SBS
I have a Windows 2000 Server on line and it is my Active Directory box - and for the foreseeable future it has to remain so.

I need to install a new Win2003 Small Business Server to run a special software app. It needs HD space, SQL 2005, and Server 2003.

Will 2003 SBS always fight (run slow) when connected to a 2000-Server AD?

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August 3, 2010 at 15:18:16
No can do. SBS must be the primary DC and holder of all fsmo roles.

If you must run 2003 for the app it can not be SBS unless you redesign your network

How many pcs are we talking here?

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August 5, 2010 at 10:39:54
You dont need the premium edition of SBS just to run a line of business app (SQL). Build a standalone box add it to the domain and then install SQL Std or Ent.

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August 5, 2010 at 12:52:38
I would add that you are 10 years behind and that perhaps a network redesign IS in order. It won't be long before you will be forced to update due to hardware and printers.

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August 5, 2010 at 12:57:26
thanks for reminding me how far behind we are...yes I know that. Trying to do with what I have available.

Approx network size is 30-25 computers/printers.

Looks like I have to bite the bullet and migrate DC/AD roles over to the 2003 SBS machine.

thanks all.

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August 6, 2010 at 01:51:07
The easiest and cleanest method would be to build SBS 2003 from scratch imo. Additionally SBS 2008 R2 is here. Although SBS 2003 R2 is supported your better off moving to the newest distribution.

You will need to prepare the AD schema for 2003 by running adprep on the 2000 DC.Then install CD1 from the SBS media to make it a Windows 2003 server. DCPromo/DNS to join existing domain on 2003.Make SBS 2003 a GC and capture FSMO roles.
Then continue the setup with CD2 to install Exchange etc.

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August 6, 2010 at 08:02:04
scurlaruntings what you describe is SBS joining the 2000 AD forest.

Unless there is a change in SBS R2 that allows this that I haven't heard about, it can not be done this way. SBS comes up as the holder of all roles.

I would bring up sbs, install apps/move data and then have all the workstations join the new system. It's a clean setup.

I would also recommend going to 2008 not 2003 or you will find yourself outdated in short order.

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August 7, 2010 at 11:56:42

Teiger. SBS MVP almost paraphrases word for word what i have said. If you note from my post i would suggest a clean baseline of SBS 2003. But as iv already said it is possible to swing from 2000 to SBS 2003 in the steps that i have provided.

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August 8, 2010 at 19:49:27
Steven gets it from here which is a better step by step explanation


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