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I added a 2003 Enterorise server to an existing 2003 SBS domain and get the following error after I transfered the DC roles when users log into the network.

"One or more domain controllers do not meet the licensing requirements. Contact your administrator."

I still require the SBS server for email services mainly because it employs the built in POP mail utility and it resides within a secure banking WAN. But I would prefer the new Enterpirse server to handle all other services including the DC role.

The Enterprise server has 50 Valid licenses even though we only would require 40 and the SBS server has it's own licenses.

Any ideas or recommendations?

Thanks :-)
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Move the FSMO roles back to the SBS.
One of the SBS restrictions is that the SBS *has* to own all 5 FSMO roles. No workaround, that's just how it is.
The 50 CALs you bought for the new server are not necessary; access to member servers in an SBS domain is covered by the regular SBS CALs.
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Have you checked the PDC Emulator?  
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782961.aspx 
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Small Business Server will deactivate itself if it does not hold ALL FSMO roles.  To fix this problem, either decomission the Small Business Server (demote and power down) or transfer your FSMO roles back to the SBS.
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I figured that was going to be the case with SBS. It does love to own everything. :-) I plan on eventually removing it altogether, but wanted to remove as much load as possible.  I think it allows 21 days from my understanding now. Got to love it :-) I'll give it back it's roles then )))
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Thanks for your prompt replies :-) It's nice to be able to confirm thoughts. :-)
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Also, there's an upgrade pack available from Microsoft that allows you to essentially convert a Small Business Server to a Standard server and you still get to keep the SBS administrative tools.
 
If you want to remove SBS but keep the server, that's probably your easiest bet as it's an upgrade install and it doesn't require you to reload anything.  Additionally, the price is the difference between what you paid for SBS and what you would have paid for Standard.
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Yes but the main issue and only reason to keep the SBS right now is for email services using the built in pop mail downloader since the account cannot host their email directly on the internet. It's gathered by a central depository, then popped to the internal branch within the secure WAN. Fun... I'm just TRYING to setup an internal BlackBerry server and I can see the issues already. :-)

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