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How to reinstall SBS 2000 (not disaster recovery)

Posted on 2008-11-03
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Hello.
I have SBS 2000 running.
In short: I would like to make clean install of Windows 2000 Server, then restore users and computers accounts, restore Exchange mailboxes, SQL databases.
I don't want to make disaster recovery becouse there is software I don't want on this machine after reinstall.
Uninstalling only this unwanted software also isn't best solution.
The main problem is user accounts, their mailboxes and permission to files.
There are about 24 user accounts. Manual creating user accounts isn't a problem. Creating new passwords also, but moving mailboxes from pst files and recreating user permissions to files on server is too much.

So I figured this:
1. Create with ntbackup:
1a. System State
1b. Exchange backup
1c. File Store
1d. backup sql databases (not necessary with ntbackup)
2. Install clean Windows 2000 Server
3. Install SBS, exchange, sql
4. Configure domain name, IP addres like it was before reinstall.
5. Restore from System State
6. Restore exchange, file store (if necessary - it is on different disks), sql
7. Install ISA - it isn't installed now
8. Create disaster recovery procedures.

What do you think about this solution? will it work, what about System State - it contains registry and what will happen when I recreate it without all software installed?
Is there maybe other, better solution?

Szymon Polok
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by:suppsaws
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Hello Szymon_Polok,

you could try this, but i am pretty sure you will have more work then when you do everything from scratch.
Firt thing ... are you sure you still want sbs 2000, why not sbs 2003 which is much more stable and user friendly?
20 users are easilly created from scratch, export and import pst is also no problem, the folder security is smth you have to think about.

Regards,

suppsaws
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by:Szymon_Polok
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We never had problems with SBS2000 so why changing to SBS2003 or 2008. Of course if it was free why not :)
Did someone tried to connect second DC (just on time of reinstall to keep user and computer accounts)?
I know you cannot have two DC's in SBS but is it blocked by software or only by license terms :)

Regards, Szymon Polok
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it is blocked after a certain time, but don't forget this:
- you cannot have two SBS servers in one domain
- you CAN have a second DC in an sbs domain (but no sbs server, so just w2k or w2k3/8)
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by:Szymon_Polok
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So is it possible to add second DC to SBS domain, demote SBS, reinstall SBS, add SBS to existing domain, demote second DC???
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I am NOT familiar with SBS 2000, but this page may help you:
http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=1696

The one thing I do know is that you can add a second DC to the SBS domain. (you can even have two SBS servers for a period of time)

Make a very good backup, and maybe some SBS 2000 guys can help you further on this issue.
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