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A new SBS 2003 server joining active directory of excisting SBS 2003 server

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Hello,

I ordered a new server with windows SBS 2003 for a small company, but we just find out they already have a server, also with SBS2003.

We want this new server only for file storage and some applications.

Is it possible to let this sbs server join the already excisting domein from another SBS server? (As a member would also be ok.) Or do we have to change the license for windows 2003 without small business?

Thanks in advance!
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There can be only one server in a domain running Windows SBS. However, there can be other Windows Servers in the domain and there can be other domain controllers in the domain.

I am fairly sure you cant change the license for an sbs server to a non sbs server without buying a new non sbs - standard windows 2003 os.
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Thanks for the fast response,

Is it maybe posseble to make the new windows sbs just a member of the domain, so that the users can connect to it, but don't use any of the SBS services?

if its not possible i will buy the standard windows 2003 server.
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mmcodefive is right.
Small Business Server is design to be the domain controler, and MUST be a domain controler, so you cannot join a SBS on that network. You have to buy a Windwos Server 2003 std. or in the worst case (if it is only files and apps) a windows xp.

Good luck!
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mmcodefive is right.
Small Business Server is design to be the domain controler, and MUST be a domain controler, so you cannot join a SBS on that network. You have to buy a Windwos Server 2003 std. or in the worst case (if it is only files and apps) a windows xp.

Good luck!
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mmcodefive is right.
Small Business Server is design to be the domain controler, and MUST be a domain controler, so you cannot join a SBS on that network. You have to buy a Windwos Server 2003 std. or in the worst case (if it is only files and apps) a windows xp.

Good luck!
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Thanks for youre help! I will look for a new standard windows 2003 license...
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