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Adding an SBS 2003 server to Std 2003 server domain

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Currently I have 2 x SBS 2003 servers running independantly.

I am going to replace one of the SBS 2003 servers with a 2003 std server. The 2003 std server will be the Primary Domain Controller and have user names etc in Active directory.

I am not sure how to change the remaining SBS 2003 server from a Primary Domain Controller to a Backup Domain Controller and add it to the Domain created on the 2003 std server.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
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This can't be done. An SBS Server is supposed to be THE Active Directory server on the LAN, and you can't add it to an existing domain. You can add other servers to it, but you can't add it to other servers.
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Yes Rindi is correct SBS Server cannot be added to other domains. Also please note that one of the Active Directory DCs runs a PCD emulator as an FSMO role but there is no such thing as a Primary and Backup Domain controller. These went out with NT4.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You CAN add SBS to an existing domain.... but you MUST make it the FSMO master DC within 2 weeks of installation or the server will start rebooting on you several times a day.

SBS is sold cheap and with lots of functionality so that small businesses can have capability similar to large businesses... It has a few restrictions and there is no legal way around them unless you buy the transition pack and convert SBS to standard.
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I am with lee, but careful how you approach this, converting an SBS Domain like this gets into some of the nitty gritty of AD work and isnt advised unless you know how to munipulate AD quite well with the aftermath
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by:deltacomputing
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That's no problem. SBS can be Active Directory. Would I be wise not to install AD on the 2003 Std Server, as this will only have data on it
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by:rindi
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It is good to have a 2nd. domain controller as it then acts as a backup for the AD data.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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How many users and workstations do you have?  Because that is what will help to determine whether or not it's worth the cost of deploying and maintaining an addional DC on your network.

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There are 20 users in total.

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With 20 users, I don't generally see why there would be a need for a second DC.  If you spent your time and energy in maintaining your SBS properly, there's very little reason that I would see for having the second DC.

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