Can I add windows 2003 small business server to existing windows 2000 domain?

Posted on 2006-05-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I would like to add a windows 2003 small busines server and already have a windows 2000 server/domain controller. I would still like to keep the Windows 2000 server active and am wondering what is the best way to add the small business server with minimal impact in terms of (1) the 2000 server, and (2) time.


Question by:FASTECHS
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    Simply, No :)

    2003 SBS must hold All FSMO roles and must be the first DC in the forest - you will have to install SBS and create a domain, then add your other DC's to that Domain......

    long process

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    I think that Jay Jay is right. SBS is designed to run everything, its aimed at small businesses that require only one server.

    I have seen other servers in a SBS domain, but never seen someone add an SBS server to a current domain.
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    Yes, you can add it, provided you follow the rules.;en-us;884453

    Basically, it's an interrupted setup to allow the SBS box to take over the domain. Once you are done, it says you need to remove the old domain controller within 14 days, but I'm not sure how hard the enforcement on that is.

    You *can* have a second DC on an SBS 2003 domain, provided all the roles are held by SBS, but I am not sure if the DC can be 2000 or must be 2003.  

    I would follow the instructions to the letter. At least then you can have the SBS server as the domain controller and the 2000 box as a Member Server.
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    thats a great link, i had actually head about the 14 day thing but wasnt sure how it worked, thanks for the link!

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