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Can Windows SBS 2003 be upgraded to a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition?

Posted on 2006-05-31
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Last Modified: 2010-04-19
My company bought a center that has SBS 2003 and will not play nice as a DC on the domain.  Can the server be upgraded to Windows Server 2003 Standard?  If not, are there any options other than a rebuild.  I am trying to avoid having to travel for this one.
Question by:troll70
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Expert Comment

ID: 16799870
there is a Transition Pack:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=BBCF7319-4947-4FD2-A2EA-145588765E68&displaylang=en
The transition pack is about optimizing licenses,  but also keeping the original SBS domain-forest.  I get the impression that you want to integrate the SBS to your existing domain and that is a different story.

Author Comment

ID: 16804081
Yes, the SBS domain no longer exists as I took it down and cleaned up all metadata.  I wanted to add the SBS into the existing corp domain.  It looks like I am doing a rebuild unless there are any other options.

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Zadkin earned 2000 total points
ID: 16805172
I think you need the transition pack to get a Server 2003 license.  
The topic was discussed earlier by Tudoradmin: "I spoke with Microsoft and tested it. If you demote the server, the sbcore service will find it a violation and shut the computer down 90 minutes later. The only way to keep an SBS server alive it to keep it as the DC with all operations modes running on it." see http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21027546.html

Author Comment

ID: 16806416
Yeah, sadly that is not an option in my infrastructure.

Ok, this amswers my question.


Expert Comment

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Thanks for the points,  I just received my first Expert Certification.  I hoped to get my minimal 50,000 before Jeff got his SBS 1,000,000 later this month.

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