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Is it possible to add a SBS 2003 as a DC to an existing 2003 domain?

Posted on 2007-08-07
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We have a Windows 2003 domain with one server that servers as our DC, FSMO and DNS and also used as a file server. In addition there is an Exchange 2003 server which is also a DC.

The company is small - just 10 users, but we still wanted to split up the file server and the other domain functions to a seperate server.

We purchased a new server, but accidently ordered it with Windows 2003 SBS - instead of the standard server license.

Is it possible to add the SBS server as another DC to the existing domain and also have it be a backup DNS? Ideally make it also be the master server on the domain.

Ideally we would like to move Exchange to a member server (so it's no longer a DC) - so that would only leave the current DC as a DC, unless I can add this SBS as well.

If that's not an option is it possible to transfer Exchange to the SBS server and make it a member server of the domain, so the current Exchange can remain as a backup DC?

Thank you.
Question by:cfgchiran
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By the way it's Windows SBS 2003 R2 that we just received.
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It is definitely possible - there are some configuration constraints that you'll need to pay attention to. Here's a pretty good MS article that discusses everything you should need: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453

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Thank you for the prompt reponse. I am aware of how to make the server take over all the FSMO roles and the be a GC. How do I also make it the licensing server?
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You'll use AD Sites and Services for the licensing....it's step 10 in the MS link I posted previously.

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Perfect responses - thank you very much.

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