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Moving to windows 2003 Server from SBS 2000

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Hi all, hope you guys can help me, i need some advice.

Current Network:

1x SBS 2000 running DHCP,DNS,WINS,Active Directory, Exchange 2000
1x Windows 2000 server as a file server
1x Windows 2003 Standard for Terminal Server

We are currently upgrading the system, and the plan is to separate the Exchange from the PDC, now the new layout is:

1x Windows 2000 Server as PDC (DHCP,DNS,WINS,Active Directory,File Server).
1x Windows 2003 Server Enterprise With Exchange 2003 Enterprise
1x Windows 2003 Standard for Terminal Server

Now the question is whether is it possible to Decomission SBS 2000 and promote windows 2000 as the PDC, as we all know if there is SBS on the network, it have to be the PDC of the domain, without having to reload everything from scratdh again.

If there is path to it, how do i go about it ?

plan is to have window 2003 enterprise with exchange as the DC at the current network, move all the user mail box accross, then dcpromo the SBS 2000 and add windows 2000 Server as the PDC, will it work ?

have anyone have any suggestion to me?

Cheers.

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It is quite easy.

Build your new domain controller and DCPROMO it in to the domain. Make it a global catalog.
Domain Prep and Forest Prep for Exchange 2003.
Build your new Exchange 2003 server on a member server of the domain.
Do a standard swing migration of Exchange, including replication of all public folder data. Then follow this article at Microsoft to remove Exchange 2000: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=307917

Move everything off the SBS machine, then DCPROMO it out. Reboot, drop in to a workgroup and shutdown.

There are no PDCs in Windows 200x. All domain controllers are equal. Just some have different roles. There are PDC emulators for NT4 support though.

Simon.
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