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Windows Small Business Server 2003 setup as a client

Can I use/install/configure, windows small business server 2003 as a client rather than a server/domain controller?
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Imtiaz HashamCommented:
Yes, after installing SBS, do not run the wizard hence not joining a domain, Alternatively, if it's a running SBSserver simply uninstall all the SBS features from Add remove programs and run DCPROMO to achieve your goal!

Hope this helps.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

Do you mean as client in other domain? I believe the answers is no. SBS is always first domain controller in forest.

HTH

Toni
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bluetabCommented:
If you have a domain SBS must be the Domain Controller with FSMO roles.  SBS will encounter many problems if you try to install it into an existing domain.  What kind of environment are you installing the server in, do you have another Domain Controller installed on the network?
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Imtiaz HashamCommented:
Hi bluetab,

FSMO roles will only come into use once DCPROMO is run, we need to find out why and how does this want to be implemented.

If due to licensing limitation, you want to move on to standard server, use a transition pack instead of downgrading SBS!
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bluetabCommented:
Ihasham, that's why I asked the question about the environment the SBS server was going to be installed in.

The Microsoft KB article here addresses the issues and procedures of installing a SBS 2003 server into an existing domain.  
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453

Stevenvel, what role do you want the SBS server to play on the network?  Are you just trying to take advantage of Exchange or do you want a backup DC?
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suppsawsCommented:
Hello stevenvel,

Why do you want to install it as a client anyway?
You wi!ll get into alot of trouble when you don't install SBS as it should be.

Regards,

suppsaws
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stevenvelIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
The intention is to take advantage of the power, stability and other benefits of a server operating system and to join an existing domain as a client. I understand and agree that SBS must be the domain controller in a domain and there could be all sorts of issues if I try to add another SBS server.
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suppsawsCommented:
SBS is certainly not designed for this.
If you want a stable OS use vista or xp, those OS are designed for client purposes.
You will get yourself in ALOT of trouble trying to make sbs a client OS.
Btw, SBS will shut itself down if it hasn't all the FSMO roles.
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bluetabCommented:
I agree with suppsaws, if you're just looking for stable OS go with XP.  Vista is pretty stable but there's a lot of programs and drivers that have not been updated to work with this OS yet.  
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Imtiaz HashamCommented:
all the stability required as a client os is built into vista. i don't see any use of using sbs as a client imho.
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stevenvelIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I appreciate your comments and ideally an operating system should be used to do the job it was designed for. To clarify my original question, here is a scenario: lets say I have acquired an OEM box with SBS and I didn't want to spend another cent on a license for either xp or vista, can I install/configure SBS as a client and be confident it will function successfully or is it  going to cause head aches?
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bluetabCommented:
Configuring SBS as a client is going to cause some migraines let alone headaches.  I really don't recommend doing it.  
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Imtiaz HashamCommented:
in theory, if you install SBS without running the configuration (i.e. not making it part of domain etc.

Hope this helps.
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