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Windows SBS 2003 in a Windows Server 2003 Network ?

Posted on 2004-09-29
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In our domain we have a PowerEdge 400SC with Windows Server 2003 running everthing.
Seeing we expandid our network we bought the same server again to take some weight
of our current server. Everthing is the same except voor the OS, we got our server with
Windows SBS 2003 as OS.

After reading a few articals on what Windows SBS 2003 exactly is, we think we have a little
problem. None of us is an expert on this field so please bare with us if we have it wrong but as
far as we understand windows SBS 2003 want to be the Root server in out network and doesn't
want to be added in our current network as a second server who's jobs is to be a simpel file,
web and printer server. in other words, we have to rebuild our network ?

Could we just install Windows Server 2003 and use the CAL's from SBS ?  

Any sugestions would be most welcome
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rhandels earned 500 total points
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Hi,

If you have a SBS server, it needs to be the only Domain Controller within a network. So if you allready have a 2003 or 2000 DC, you cannot add the SBS server to the domain (even if you recreate and first install SBS as DC and after that upgrade the enterprise to DC).

I also don't think it could be a member server, you could install the SBS 2003 as a DC in a new domain and add the enterprise as a memebr server to the domain.

CAL's are used for machine or users tro contact a DC. If you bought CAL's with the SBS server, you can user them for another server (more likely to be said as for another user or computer). So the CAL's can be used, but if you need a second DC for back-up puproses, you will at leaast need to upgrade to 2003 Standard edition.
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by:Apolloc
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Well i just ordered a new copy of Windows Server 2003, btw seeing the SBS server has exchange server.. could i possibly install the exchange server from windows SBS 2003 on the Standart windows server 2003 version ?
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

Unfortenaltely not, you are not licensed to do so... SBS has a max of 75 users, that's why it's this cheap and you get all the stuff... Alos, you cannot just install Exchange on the SBS machine to use it for the domain..

I mean Microsoft is almost bankrupt, do you think they are going to give software away like that ;)... Bill needs a new car you now, the Mercedes isn't big enough....
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by:avanwey
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The Exchange component (as well as Sharepoint, ISA, SQL, if you are talking SBS premium) can only be installed on the SBS server installation that they were packaged with. Not only is it against the licensing agreement, but I do not know of a way to do it (not that it can't be done, I just don't know a way). As far as the original post, in regards to adding an SBS machine to an existing domain, there's just no way. SBS must be the first domain controller, and you can only have one SBS box per domain. No domain trusts, and I believe you are also restricted from using subdomains. The previous quote was also correct about the 75 users, and about Bill needing a new car. I think there is a way to back up AD from a 2003 Server, and then restore it to the SBS machine. You could then add the original 2003 Server to the SBS domain, after a DCPROMO demotion to a standalone server, and then bringing it back into the SBS controlled domain. This could save you some serious keyboarding. I have not done this, but I am sure it can be done. Sorry I don't have a link for you. Also, be aware that the licensing model for SBS 2003 has changed DRASTICALLY from Server 2000 or 2003, and the 2003 CALS are not valid for SBS 2003.
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