Changing Server 2003 Licensing Information

Posted on 2007-08-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Here is a crazy one ... I think.

I have got a new customer that was using another company for their computer\network service. That service company deployed a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition server that is acting as a DC. When they did the install they used a licesne that doesnt belong to the company where it was deployed. Now that they are no longer dealing with that service company, they have come to me to straighten everything out. I have a few questions as to handle this.

1 - Can I install Server Standard over the top of Enterprise and have it function as the same domain without having to recreate all the user accounts and security?

2 - Can I simply change the license, using a utility like Magic Jelly Bean?

3 - Is there a way to migrate to another DC and keep the domain name? Without having to recreate everything in the process.
Question by:jay_mcdaniel
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    Accepted Solution


    1. No.
    2. No.
    3. Yes, add another DC to existing domain, transfer FSMO roles to new server and demote first server.

    If you need detailed instructions, let me know...



    Author Comment

    Thanks .... I never thought of simply adding the new DC to the existing domain.

    All of our clients are small business and we have never had to migrate to a new DC with the same version of Windows. We have always been going from 2000 to 2003, so we have always used the migration tool which makes 2 different domains.

    Author Comment

    OOPS .... I would like detailed instructions, if you have them readily available.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Toni Uranjek
    This KB article explains how to transfer FSMO roles:
    Do you need help installing new DC and demoting old DC also?

    Author Comment

    No, that part im good with.

    Thanks for the quick response.

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