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How to relace Small Business Server 2003

I am replacing an aging small business server and want to reuse the current server licenses and keys. The old server will be taken out of service as soon as the the domain ,DNS and applications are transfered and running on the new server.
Any suggestions on how to do this?

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Lee W, MVP

8/22/2022 - Mon
Lee W, MVP

When you bought the old server, did you buy it with SBS preinstalled?

No  The client has a volumn license agreement.

The client does not use the exchange server only the SQL server

The plan is to add the new server as a second domain controller, transfer the FSMO roles and demote the existing domain controller to remove it from active directory.
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James Murphy

If this is SBS, then you should probably look at the sbsmigration.com method. There is a pack that you can purchase, but if you know your way around Windows etc then the actual process is listed on the web site which you can follow.


There has got to be a way without having to invest $200/$349 dollars to replace an existing server. This is very easy to do on a windows 2003 server. Yet another reason we do not recommend SBS

Who said anything about spending money?
Yes the sbsmigration pack will cost money, but if you look around the site carefully the process is outlined for you. You will have know what each step means but it can be done manually.

Unfortunately SBS has a lot of restrictions on the product. That means the migration is straight forward. However even taking in to account the cost of the SBS migration pack tools, you would still struggle to license everything that SBS contains for the same amount of funds (Windows 2003, CALs, Exchange 2003, CALs).

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Lee W, MVP

> We would have to provide a temporay server with a clean install
> of windows 2003 server to do a swing migration.

Why?  Why not use a virtual server?  You could build it ONCE, make a copy of the initial install VM Hard Drive, burn it to a DVD, and use that for each client.  Just don't run DCPROMO or join it to the domain until AFTER you have created the backup of the VM Hard Drive.