My SBS machine is missing the LaunchConsole.exe file.

I have tried to reinstall the server tools via the control panel and I get an error message that it is unable to access the active directory.  The computer keeps shutting itself off.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
How long has this server been installed?  What prompted you to reinstall server tools to begin with?

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MudmavenAuthor Commented:
The server was installed last week.  The server management program was there initially.  Several days later, the program would no longer work.  The SBS server is in a domain with two other servers.  It is not the dns machine.  The dns machine is a windows nt server.  On that server (the nt server) I started getting messages that indicated that there was some licensing problem with the SBS server that would cause it to shut down in either 30 or 60 minutes.  I went to the licensing function in administrative tools on the SBS server and that indicated that the "snap in failed to initialize" and so I could not check what the licensing was set at (we have the standard server +5).  We are using this server only as an SQL server that interfaces with a Win 2003 server running IIS that provides us with a presence on the web for certain of our programs and with the NT server which is running our current accounting software.  Eventually, the NT server will go away and be replaced by the SBS server, but for now they are running together.  Because we are not using it as an exchange server, I went through this morning and disabled those funtions and so far we have not had any of those error messages, but I am still concerned that the server management program just disappeared.  To completely start over and reload the server software and all the applications would be a nightmare and I thought maybe there was a way to just reload the server management program.

Thanks,
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
That's your problem.  SBS MUST be the "DNS" machine.  It MUST be the holder of all FSMO roles, the root of the domain and the forest.  You cannot just add an SBS to an existing domain unless it's only temporarily while you are moving the roles over to the SBS.

You can't use an SBS machine as JUST a SQL server.  It would have been a good idea to read the documentation prior to deploying it.  I'm afraid you've caused your own nightmare.

Please see http://sbsurl.com/itpro for an overview of SBS's uniqueness.

Jeff
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MudmavenAuthor Commented:
Since it will be the only one in just a short time, as soon as all the software has been tested and the data migrated, I guess it's not as bad a nightmare as I thought.  I did read all the documentation I could find, even bought a couple of third party books on the subject,, but as with all things Microsoft (IMHO), the software is very powerful and the documentation is not always clear for those of us who are just legacy system administrators and not experts.  Learned my lesson and won't trouble you with problems of my own making any further.  Thanks.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
That may have been true in the past, but documentation on SBS is VERY clear and available.

Jeff
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