Adding W2K server to SBS2003, Trust, Forest HELP!

Posted on 2005-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
HI Guys

running W2K3 SBS as our Head Office Server using Exchange, we plan to roll out the use of Exchange to the other offices, both W2K they are thier own seperate domains(currently using pop). have linked the offices via static routes all offices are pingable and remote desktop works etc etc. i want the users in the other office to be able to use exchange from HO, i have had it working on a machine in one of the offices but it requires a password every time you open outlook(assuming because its a totally different domain). i have been told to make them trusts or a forest? whats the easiest way to get this working? i know the trust forest work needs some serious DNS time and i just need to roll out ASAP.

Thanks in advance


Question by:pbrane
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Quite simple:  SBS CANNOT USE TRUSTS.  If you have SBS on your network, it MUST be THE only domain and it cannot trust any other.  This is a built in limitation.
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    why is the service on the OS then? can i add a forest? MS have alot of paperwork on it. Are you sure about this?

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    Positive.  The service is there because for as much customizing as SBS has, it's still running regular server.


    From the FAQ about SBS 2003
    Q.      Can I use more than one Windows Small Business Server 2003 server in the same company?

    There can be only one Windows Small Business Server 2003 server in a domain. Each Windows Small Business Server 2003 server is typically connected to the Internet either directly, or via a firewall. Windows Small Business Server 2003 does not support trusts between domains; therefore, user names and resources could not be shared between those Windows Small Business Server 2003 servers. Further, Windows Small Business Server 2003 installs at the root of the Active Directory forest, and it cannot be demoted, or have the flexible single-master operation (FSMO) roles removed.
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    but i dont want to demote the W2k3 just add the w2k servers to be able to trust them? is there another way IMAP maybe?

    i have set up SBS2003 with 2003 servers as member domains of the sbs2k3 and its worked fine, admitingly this has been over 1 domain this would mean with mydomain.local and mydomain.lan

    i just cant belive there is not a way which my users can open thier outlook on the w2k domain which is sent to them via the sbs2k3 exchange. i can get it to work but i have to keep inputting mydomain\user & password every time they restart the machines. I have added all the users that are on the w2k domains to the ad on the sbs2k3, all the w2k servers are doing is providing a fileserver system and basic AD. they can all access OWA via

    HELP, dont shatter my dream!

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