SBS Domain controller

Can SBS 2003 function as a sub domain controller?
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Hi hmcnasty,

nope and nope

hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
just so I understand.  If a business has multiple locations and each one has it's own domain name but they are all unerneath 1 primary controller at the central location I wouldn't be able to use an SBS server in those other locations?  However I could use the SBS in the central location and use Server 2003 machines eveywhere else?

I hope I'm explaining this correctly.  I'm jsut beginning to learn this stuff.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
SBS cannot trust other domains and it MUST be the FSMO master DC.

If you have other Domains in other locations, you should consider consolidating them into the one SBS domain.  Then you can use other STANDARD windows 2003 servers as ADDITIONAL domain controllers in the same domain.

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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
ok..that's not so bad.  

So the SBS machine coule be and each server 2003 machine could be,  etc?     Would you recomend standard or enterprise edition?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I didn't say that.  You can only have ONE SBS system per domain.  And SBS systems CANNOT trust other domains.  So if the SBS server is Mydomain.local, you can setup other servers to act as domain controllers in the SAME mydomain.local domain.

I recommend you buy what you need.  Most people don't need to spend the extra money on Enterprise edition, so why would you?

scrap SBS if you dont really need it - and like leew said standard is fine what you are looking at doing
hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
ok..I think I understand.

Thank you for your help.
thats ok

you sure you dont want to split the points on this one though as leew pointed you in the direction also - dont mean to sound ungrateful :)
hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
oh S*&t I'm sorry...I thought it was all the same person.  I don want to split the points.   How can I split the points now?  

dont stress man, i have done the same thing and its easy to change


no probs, I'm sure you would do the same
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I might point out that there is a document on this subject which you can find here:

Hopefully, that should answer all your questions about this, but if not, please post further questions to the SBS Small Business Server Topic Area. (http:SBS_Small_Business_Server)

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