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SBS 2000 possible downgrade to ISA 2000?

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We will be replacing old server with SBS 2000 with new server with SBS 2003 Standard. Is it possible to remove Exchange 2000 and domain controller from SBS 2000 and continue using old server for couple months as ISA 2000 firewall. Old server will be later replaced with ISA 2006.
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No, it's not...  there can only be ONE SBS on a network.  If you plan on using the same domain name, you either need to build your SBS2003 domain from scratch, or use the swing method from www.sbsmigration.com

I would also question why you are replacing it with SBS 2003 Standard when you can get SBS 2003 Premium for no additional cost when you use the Upgrade licensing.  (You'll also save a bunch on CALs when using upgrade licensing).

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SBS 2000 and 5 additional CALs are DSP version which is not eligible for upgrade, or am I wrong?

I am aware that there could be only one SBS on the network. I thought that I could only remove DC and Exchange functionality and continue using old server for short period only as firewall. If this can not be done I was thinking I could install Windows Standard 2000 on old server and then and install ISA 2000 from SBS 2000. SBS 2000 did allow to transfer server components to another server, if I can remember?
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Well, OEM licenses are elegible for upgrade... I don't really ever work with DSM ones though so I'm not sure.

You can't just remove DC and Exchange functionality... SBS's have other services running that keep them from being on the same network as another SBS.  These services cannot be removed or disabled.

And, no, you cannot transfer or install SBS's components onto any other machine.  Doing so would be in violation of the EULA, but more importantly, the components are tuned to work within the SBS environment.

You really should check out www.sbsmigration.com for this.

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