Join an existing domain to a new SBS server
Posted on 2008-06-09
I have an existing Windows 2003 Standard server acting as a DC for one office. The decision was made to purchase a new SBS 2003 for another office and then both offices were to be joined together through 2 VPN routers. Unfortunately, both servers have their own AD users/computers in place. Is there a way to join the 2003 Standard server to the domain and import all the AD objects? I know that you are only allowed 1 DC in the forest so I would expect to have to demote the standard server before even being allowed to join it to the domain. But demoting the server would lose my AD objects, correct? I would like to find some way to merge the two domains into one so that I can maintain all the security that was previously configured. Please also note that both domain controllers currently have different domain names (not that I think it matters at this point).