Setting up a new Win2003 Small Business Server & Group Policies

Posted on 2006-07-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Our existing Network consists of aprx 15 Win2k machines and an Win2k Server.

In need of upgrade we have just bought a shiny new server running Win Small Bus Server 2003.
And have also about 5 new WinXP machines which are yet to be plugged into our network, and which will replace a few of the oldest PC's in the existing network.

I'm needing help on how best to transfer everything over to the new server. User profiles, network files etc.

We've been discussing just dumping the existing user profiles and starting fresh to give us a clean slate. Ie setting up user profiles on the new server and then manually logging into each and copying on their 'favourite' desktop items which they currently use.

Our firm has three departments, Accounting, Planning and Support

I have been reading that 'Group policies' can be useful to help reduce the administrative burden in setting up and maintaining PC's and user accounts.

Lets say I have a user in the 'Accounting' department, I know what programs I want on their PC as well as specifically what icons I want on their desktop, desktop background and internet links are those of the predefined 'accounting' group.  

How should I go about shifting my network from being reliant on the existing Win2k server to the new Win 2003 Small Bus Server?

Can I use group policies help me to setup my user's and PC's? And  how would I actually implement them?


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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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You'll find complete migration instructions at

This process will shift the network from being reliant on the Win2K server to the SBS 2003 server because you can only have it that way... SBS MUST be the holder of all FSMO roles.

Setting up your users and PCs are done with the Wizards, as is most everything with SBS.  You really MUST use these in order to have a functional network.

Please see for a quick overview of SBS's differences.  And see for additional documentation.

I'd suggest that you get one or two books that will help you as well, and


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Ok, I tried those links before, but they seem to be down now.

Now we've worked out how to use the Group policies, however we are having a big problem,

the old server had a domain name lets call it  DOMO

We have setup the new SBS server with the same domain name and have realised now that this is very likley causing a conflict.

Whenever the SBS server and the test PC are connected into the broader network the test PC stops responding to the group policy. We think there is a conflict as the test PC is looking to the old Domain DOMO rather than the new domain named DOMO.  

What can we do?



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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 180 total points
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Sorry about the links, my server is currently down so they won't work for just a bit...

In the mean time, please see which has the proper migration methods.

You cannot simply connect an SBS to an existing network.  There is a method to join it to an existing domain, but that must be done during the initial installation of the SBS Operating System, and really isn't a migration method.

You really need to review the how-to for setting up your server, which if you bought an OEM server, it came with a rather thick book that will tell you how to complete the setup.  If not, you can review the on-line getting started guide, which must be followed when you have an SBS.

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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The links are back.  Please let me know what you are still looking for though... since I see that you posted a pointer question.

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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How did this turn out?

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We're still working on the server, we're doing it night at a time.. will be back onto it in a few days, I'll write back then.


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