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I have a client that has 2 sbs 2003 servers (main with 25 cals and backup with 5 cals) that he wants one server to do just tape  backup to take the load off of the main server. However because you can't have 2 sbs servers in the same domain the backup server is shutting down with eula violation errors in the event log. Can we set the second server up with a diferent domain name and connect to the main server to do the backup? and if so how?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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No, you really can't and that's not a valid disaster recovery scenario.  Whoever advised them to get the second SBS (or whoever made the decision to do so without getting proper information) is responsible for making a bad decision here.

I'd suggest that you review this podcast which talks about various SBS Disaster recovery options:
http://www.vladville.com/sbsshow/2005/11/sbs-show-episode-3-disaster-recovery.html

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We are coming in after 2 other company's trying to get the customer up. Right now all I want to do is back up data not settings domains etc. Was hoping to be able to possibly map a network drive to main server to keep it really simple. Will that work?
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having 2 SBS servers side by side in a network is not recommended ...

you can still do a simple sharing of folders though ...
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Not only is it not recommended... it's not possible.  

If what you are wanting to do is to back up data (which should include your domain/active directory info) then why not just use SBS's built-in backup?  You'll find this in the Server Management Console > Backup.  All you need is either a tape backup device, or a couple of USB Hard Drives (which are my preference).  Complete backup details for SBS are in the Server Management Console > Backup section or you can read them from here:  http://sbsurl.com/backup

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The whole point is to move the backup procedure off of the primary server (busy) to another server that they already have. Unfortunately they both are sbs servers. They don't want to spend the money to upgrade to standard server since they already have purchased sbs servers.
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You can't do that.  I've deployed close to 100 SBS's and none of them have any problem at all running backup.  So, your theory is also not that valid anyhow.

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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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The SBS backup works fine, so use it. I would never physically attach two SBS servers together unless you demote one of the servers and remove DHCP.
That still won't help you with your backup.
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olafdc -- You can't demote an SBS and remove DHCP --- it won't run that way, and would be in violation of the EULA if you somehow did get it to run.

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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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My apologies Jeff, it would infringe in EULA and would not help in this case anyway. Just use the SBS backup.
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No problem... I just wanted to clarify that.  :-)

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