any problems running 2000sbs with 2003server, where 2003 is master AD and exchange 2007 server

I have a 2000sbs server, i'm going to add a 2003 server with exchange 2007.
I've been given info on moving the AD and exchange from one to the other.
But my problem is the SBS server has lots of other software on it and i want to keep it running a bit longer, along side the 2003 server.
I've heard that 2000sbs doesn't like other AD servers on the network ?

Can i have the 2000SBS server along side the 2003 server, where the 2003 is the master AD ?
what problems will i get if i choose to do it. with servers and workstations ?
thanks for you advice
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

> Can i have the 2000SBS server along side the 2003 server, where the 2003 is the master AD ?

Basically, no.

SBS must be the master, it is a requirement of SBS. You would either need to build a new domain and manually move everyone over to it, or purchase the migration / transition pack to upgrade your SBS licenses and remove it's built in restrictions.

However, you can have another DC in an SBS network, it's just SBS must be the boss.

Chris
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total123Author Commented:
hi chris.
so if i change it to some thing like this, will it work ?

2000sbs as master DC which controls AD
2003server with exchange 07 - make it a DC with AD on it and transfer the exchange info from sbs to 07.
keep the 2000sbs running until its not required any more ?

cheers
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

It should do yes. But remember that you must keep the SBS server running for the lifetime of the domain unless you either make a new domain or upgrade it.

It may be worth considering either upgrading the version of SBS or upgrading to a full-blown domain.

Chris
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total123Author Commented:
so there's no way we can take out the sbs and upgrade one of our 2003 servers to become the master DC ?
with out keeping the domain intact
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

No... it's a built in restriction I'm afraid (it just breaks if you try it). Just one of those things, they like you to spend money with them.

Chris
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total123Author Commented:
what about upgrading the sbs2000 to sbs2003, then taking the sbs out of the system ?
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

Nope. Bear in mind that this is a deliberate restriction of SBS in general, it isn't something that's limited to SBS 2000.

Chris
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total123Author Commented:
Hi Chris

I do appreciate your help, just one last question for future ref.
all that seems clear, what happens if and when the sbs dies. I assume the 2003 DC will take over, and i also assume i wont be able to add users, etc.
And i'd have to rebuild the domain from scratch ?
or could i stick a replacement sbs in to copy the AD from the 2003 DC ?
thanks again
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

You must basically ensure you have a full backup (especially of the System State). MS have produced fairly extensive articles on doing all of this:

2000:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2000/maintain/bkuprcvr.mspx

2003:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/d/8/bd8e1a40-d202-429a-8eb7-26300d62bcc9/BKU_bkuprstr.doc

In the event of failure an additional DC would mean people can still logon (as long as you duplicate the DNS service and make it a Global Catalog).

Chris
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