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SBS 2003 and Window 2000 Server Secondary Domain Controller

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I have a SBS 2003 PDC, I also have Windows 2000 Server on my network.

I would like to promote my Windows 2000 server to a secondary domain controller, but running dcpromo it tells me I can only have 1 DC in a SBS 2003 domain.

But I've read contradicting articles, but no how-tos.

Can I promote my Windows 2000 server, and if so, how?

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by:rhandels
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Hi,

You answered the quetion yourself. SBS can only have one DC in a domain. You could create a new tree and domain and putt the 2000 server inthere and then promote it. I do know this is very confusing. But i do now this is one restriction from SBS.
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by:gspronych
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Thanks for the info rhandels

I saw the option to create a new tree, but I didn't want to complete the process without knowing what the results would be.

Do you know of any articles that may help guide me through the processes; creating the new tree and domain, then promoting it?

I would like to give it a try tonight.

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by:gspronych
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Yes this is confusing.
Sorry, but I want to make sure I have it correct.

So do I need to create a new domain and a new forest on my windows 2000 server?
Trying to join the existing forest errors as I mentioned.

Then do I promote my sbs 2003 server to the windows 2000 forest?

That will create 2 domains and 2 users lists right?

thanks
Gary
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

I shouldn't create a second forest, just create 1 forest and two trees beneath it, something like SBSdomain.mydomain.com and 2000srvdomain.mydomain.com, then they are in the same mydomain.com forest. If i'm correct, you will only have 1 user list (not quite sure though)

If you have 2 forests, you will need to create a forest trust (servers need to be 2003 to create this), and you would have two domain lists. So i would suggest creating two trees.

Even a better suggestion is to remove the SBS server and make sure to buy 2003 standard edition (you cannot buy 2000 anymore, but with 2003 license you can install 2000) and make sure to create a new domain. Else you would be looking at a situation that's hard to administer..
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by:gspronych
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SBS won't let me join an existing forest or put trees beneath it.

I don't want to risk creating another forest and causing issues.

Thanks for you help rhandels
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by:csaur02
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Did you try making the Windows 2000 server a member domain controller?
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by:gspronych
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The windows 2000 server is a member of the SBS 2003 domain.
But it cannot be a secondary DC in a SBS domain.

The SBS server must be the only DC.

GSP
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by:rhandels
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Hi gspronych ,

Normally you should be able to add a new server to this SBS domain. If this isn't possible, thenm you would only have one option and that rebuilding the forest with a 2003 standard edition verison (or enterprise off course).. Else , I don't see another option...
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