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Procdure to change from Server 2003 r2 to SBS 2003?

Posted on 2009-04-12
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What is the procedure and references that outline the procedure to change from
Microsoft Server 2003 r2 Standard Edition to Microft Small Business Server 2003?

Both OSs are 32 bit.

I need to change the OS and migrate my settings, favorites, email, Outlook folders and my data.

HW:
Intel P4  3.2 GHz CPU  32bit
2GB of RAM
250 GB SATA1 by WD
DVD r/w

I have only 3 client PCs on the server, 2 VISTA PCs and an XP Pro PC.
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by:arnold
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The problem is that your SBS and your installed OS are not the same win2k3 base which could have made the transition simpler.  Could you double check whether the version of SBS you have is R2?  Can you get sbs 2003 R2 to match your existing installed OS?

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/faq/setup.mspx

Here is a DOC dealing with the preparation of your existing system for an upgrade to SBS:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d9f63c79-6488-4058-bd90-94d46c82cd68&displaylang=en

And presumably you want to maintain the existing AD (computer/usernames)
Deals with adding an SBS to an existing AD setup.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453

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by:rljack01
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RE: R2 OS - I have the SBS 2003 R2 upgrade disks but they are separate from the SBS 2003 package.  They are not installed yet nor is my copy of SBS 2003.
The MS Server 2003 R2 was setup for test purposes but I'd like to use the current Server hardware to host SBS to the (1) XP and (2) VISTA client PCs.
I need to ensure access to my Outlook 2007 files and about 40 GBs of data that are currently on Server 2003 r2.
A dual boot system is Not an option for me (for contractual and financial reasons).
Regarding AD - There is just 1 user and 3 client PCs on the existing peer to peer network.
I am a 1 person SOHO. Therefore I had not planned to setup AD.
 
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You best backup the data you want from the Current server and then wipe and install SBS.
Outlook files are stored within the user's profile.

Check the current shares you have on the server. Back every one that is user accessible either storing user profiles or user files.

Depending on the amount of storage you have, you can backup the entire server for the purpose of recovering files.
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by:rljack01
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I want to go from MS Server 2003 r2 Std to SBS 2003 on a 32 bit box.
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by:rljack01
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Going from MS Server 2003 r2 to MS SBS 2003 Premium.
The advice was what I needed to know.
The links provided by Arnold assist in the conversion process.
 
Thanks Arnold.
RLJACK011
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