2003 Small Business Server with 2000 Server

Posted on 2005-04-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Our network currently consists of a Windows 2000 Server with 10 workstations.  The server is running Active Directory and is also a Domain Controller.  I am curious if we decide to run a server with Small Business 2003, does it have to be setup so that all the users log in through the Small Business Server?  

2.  Do I have to have enough licenses on the SB Server for each user including 2000 Server?  

We were primarily interested in Small Business Server because of SQL Server and Exchange but I would prefer not having to change the login server and buy more licenses for the small business server.

Question by:Taitor
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    Accepted Solution

    1) Yes.  SBS must be the "king of the hill" on your network - which means it must be the root DC in it's own Forest and Domain.

    2) Depends on how many CALs came with the SBS purchase.  It ships in 5 CAL SKUs.  Your Windows 2000 Server CALs are not valid to use with SBS.  So, you would need an additional 5 CAL pack for the SBS if it was a 5 CAL SKU you bought.  

    In your scenario, you may upgrade the 2000 Server (only Standard Edition) directly with the 2003 SBS software on the same hardware, therefore preserving your Domain.  You may then add additional servers to the SBS domain as you need them.

    Here is a doc on the migration:

    Here is another link with more info:


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    Thanks I think.  Just hoping for a little more flexibility.  

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