Using old Small Business Server as a file server after migration

We have a small accounting client (17 users) who is running Small Business Server 2000 on a 7 year old server.  We are in the process of planning a migration to a new server and SBS 2003.  The customer only wants to migrate AD and Exchange to the new server at this point.  They would like to keep their database files (QuickBooks, Peachtree, etc) on the old server after the migration as well as their existing folders and shares until after tax season.

My question is - can this be done without reformatting the old server and restoring the data?  The server is somewhat fragile and we really want to do this without having to take the chance of disrupting more than we have to at this time.


Todd Thousand
Dynamic Technology Consulting
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

There can only be one SBS server in a forest (this applies to SBS 2000 and 2003), so keeping the old server around once the new one is in place won't work, I'm afraid.
dytechconsultingAuthor Commented:
Then is it possible to remove SBS 2000 from the old server and use it as a member server after the migration without reformatting and restoring?
It can run as a member server, but only using a non-SBS operating system.  So if you want to wipe it out and install Windows 2000 or Server 2003 on it, that'll work just fine, but leaving SBS on there won't work at all.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Cloud Class® Course: Microsoft Azure 2017

Azure has a changed a lot since it was originally introduce by adding new services and features. Do you know everything you need to about Azure? This course will teach you about the Azure App Service, monitoring and application insights, DevOps, and Team Services.

You should include this in your migration planning. It will save you alot of time and money
You are not going to be able to run them both as is.  As Dr Dave said, sure it can be a "member" server, but that means installing Win 2k or 2k3 on it.  Does not sound like something you would want to do.   Personally, I would put it off until after tax season, then the new server can have everything migrated smoothly and the other server if they want to pony up for the licensing for 2k3, then they can.  
I agree in principle that you should start moving the data to a new server, and definitely check out , since it may have a plan that is workable for you, since it can transfer data and mail  with little down time.

Also keep good backups of everything, until you have fully migrated.

Then you can reinstall a standard Windows OS, and restore the data.

You may need some special tools since it will no longer be an SBS server.

You need to look in the MS tools for Migrating Files and folders with permissions ( XCOPY, Robocopy etc ).

I hope this helps !

dytechconsultingAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all of you
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.