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Hi all

We have two offices. They are connected via the internet using VPN. The main office has Small Business server 2003 with ISA ans exchange, the remopte office has a dell server with windows 2003 and isa server, with 10 clients in each office

The offices are being out back into one building, so i need some advice

The servers don't really work properly, i get quite a lot of error messages, so i need to rebuild both.

What would be the best course of action? The main server with 2003 is an old PC (a dual 500 pentium 3) and the newer server is a dell poweredge 400SC. I'd like to make that the main server, but with windows activation, can i install my old copy of small business server on that, and use the dell 2003 server CD on the old server?

Also whats the best way to migrate user accounts? When i rebuild the server the domain name will be the saem, but the clients wont connect. The only way i know is to unjoin them from the domain, then rejoin, then copy all the foldec from the old account to the new.

Cheers for any info you can give

JQ
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by:seb_acker
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I can't help you for the licence question, but i think that should be a way to reactivate the license for the new server.

But for the client migration, why don't you simply install the new server as a DC, that will copy the whole AD to it, and of course the users, computers,and so on. You then don't have to Migrate your clients.
One important thing, transfer the roles form the old server to the new server ( Roles = PDC Emulator, RID, Infrastructure, Schéma, and.. heur i forgot the name...).

You should alsogive us more informations about your existing domains : are the two offices sharing the same domain or not, what are you planning to have in the new office ?
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by:jamesquintin
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Hi

the two offices are on the same domain, just connected via VPN so the network is 'whole'

I would rather start afresh with the newer server, so is there any easy way to migrate users?

CHeers

JQ
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If you want to keep the same domain name, you can migrate from this steps :
- Install the new server as NEWDOMAIN
- use ADMT Tool to copy user information and Computer information
- Take the old servers OFF
- Change the NEWDOMAIN name to the name of the olddomain.
But i havenever tested this method.

I think it's realy easier to have your new server a DC of the existent domain..., and you will have less disruption of your clients work
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by:jamesquintin
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Hi

the only problem with that method is i want my copy of Small business server 2003 on my rebuilt server, which dosen;t install itself as a DC in another domain (it has to be the first DC)

Looks like its the hard way for me!

Cheers

JQ
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