Transferring FSMO roles in SBS
Posted on 2008-02-04
We are outgrowing our SBS 2003 environment and would like to get rid of our SBS server. We have already installed a new server with Exchange 2007 and migrated all mailboxes to it. We have a second machine with Windows Server 2003 R2 that we'd like to become the DC and fileserver. We've joined this machine as a member server to the SBS domain and now we are wondering how to transfer the FSMO roles to it. We could use the transition pack but it seems like a giant waste of money because we already have Exchange 2007 and all the necessary CALs and we plan on retiring the SBS server completely (because it is on old hardware). Therefore, we don't have any use for the converted SBS CALs! Ideally, we'd just like to transfer the FSMO roles to the new server but weve heard that SBS will not let go of them. Is that true? Is there any way to easily get rid of our SBS server without purchasing the transition pack?
BONUS QUESTION: if the transition pack is the only way to go, do you know if the Windows SBS 2003 R2 Transition Pack will work on WIndows SBS 2003 (not R2)? The old version of the transition pack is no longer available.