Migrating from 2000 Server to 2003 Small Business Server

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

I am trying to provide an estimate for how much time it will take to migrate a Windows 2000 Server to 2003 Small Business Server.  

The existing 2000 Server is running Active Directory and DHCP.  We use it primarily as a file server for storing user profiles, etc.  We do not have SQL Server or Exchange Server running on the 2000 Server and I am not concerned with the time that it will take to configure this software on the 2003 SBS.  I am primarily concerned with the time that it would actually take to configure the 2003 SBS to use our 2000 Server settings and modify our 2000 Server so that it no longer runs as the root level in the Active Directory tree.  We would still like to use the 2000 Server as a file server.  Let me know if there are more questions that will help in estimating this or what potential problems I may run into.  

I have read the document created by Microsoft for upgrading to 2003 SBS but I am a beginner when it comes to confguring servers.  I do have access to a local IT contractor who could assist in the migration so but I wanted to be able to provide an time estimate before moving forward.  

Thanks in advance.  
Question by:Taitor
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    "modify our 2000 Server so that it no longer runs as the root level in the Active Directory tree"

    Well you can't really modify just have to create a totally NEW domain with the SBS....once you have the new domain up then you can add in the 2000 server as a file server.
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    So you create with the SBS server. Then you use the ADMT (active directory migration tool) to transfer all your user, computer, and group information over to the new domain and then complete the rest of the migration. Then you can add in the 2000 server.

    Is this the guide you are using? if not, I'd suggest taking a look at it:

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    That is the document I read.  Will I have to modify anything on the existing 2000 server other than updating it with the new domain name information?  As some one who is experienced, how long would it take to perform the configuration to the 2003 SBS and run the ADMT to transfer the data along with any other configs that do not get transferred.  I know that it varies depending on the number of settings but there really is not much running/configured on the 2000 server.  

    Thanks again.    
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    "I have to modify anything on the existing 2000 server other than updating it with the new domain name information?"

    Yes, you'll need to demote the 2000 server back down to a member server since it is currently a DC on a different domain and then add it to the SBS domain. Since it is the IS the domain currently so it is not as simple as just changing the domain name info. like you do on a workstation.

    ADMT is fairly straightforward and it shouldn't take you too long if you follow the step by step instructions and no unforseen issues arise :)

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    Thanks for the help.  

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