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Windows 2000 to Small Business Server 2003 (Server 2003)

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Hello All--

I am in the planning stages of migrating one of my clients from a Windows 2000 server over to a Small Business Server 2003 solution. My goal with this information request is to hopefully eliminate a lot of the unknown issues in moving over all of the server rolls (i.e. user authentication, usernames, passwords, security ID's, etc.) from the existing Windows 2000 server over to the new SBS 2003 server.  

I want to continue using the existing Windows 2000 server on my network primarily for Terminal Services (serving one core accounting application) and Web Hosting for the corporate Intranet currently in place.  The SBS 2003 server will act as the new mail server (Exchange 2003 obviously), File and Application sharing, and a few other minor networking rolls.  

I think what I'm looking for is maybe a quick step-by-step guide from someone that has done something similar to the situation I'm inquiring about.  I don't have a lot of experience with adding a new server to an existing AD infrastructure and even less experience doing so in this environment (from Windows 2000 to Server 2003).  

To reiterate my needs, I'd like to:

1.  Join the new SBS 2003 server to my existing AD domain infrastructure.
2.  Have ALL user information replicate between both servers (OS's).

I think I can take it from here.  The above are my key concerns and would GREATLY appreciate any and all information you might be able to provide.  Thank you in advance.
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by:SamuraiCrow
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I haven't done this personally but one of the big problems I hear about has to do with SBS 2003 wanting to be the ONLY domain controller.  Replication could be and issue.  Check out this link for more info:

http://www.winnetmag.com/SmallBusinessServer/Article/ArticleID/40828/SmallBusinessServer_40828.html
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Thanks for the info.  Is it your understanding that I will have no choice but to rebuild my AD infrastructure and re-add all users individually?  I'm still a little fuzzy on the specifics of this venture.  
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There is a migration tool that you can use called ADMT.  I think it comes on the SBS2003 disk.  Microsoft has a document that you can download that describes the migration process from the old infrastructure to the new one.  You can get that document here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fa187d1e-8218-4501-9729-222bd8ebb64c&displaylang=en

The section you are more interested in is the Begin the migration (section 4 I think) but the whole paper is aimed directly at what you are trying to do.

Good Luck
Crow
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by:cmcglasson
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Oustanding!  I'm going to go ahead and give you the points as I've been looking all over for such a document.  Thank you very much for the information and have a great day.  
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