Small Business Server 2003 Question

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I currently have a 2003 domain and need an additional server on the network.  I have free license of Windows 2003 SB Server just in our office.  Can I install it on our network and it not cause any problems?
Question by:sj77
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    As each SBS server has to be the master on it's own domain, you can't mix SBS servers into one domain. You'd have to create a new domain on the other server. You'd also have to disable DHCP server on that other Server.  This isn't practical.

    You can on the other hand add normal 2003 servers to your domain, and even use them as domain controllers (this would give you a backup of your AD data and is a good idea).

    Another option is to use Linux and Samba servers if price is an issue and the server's role is mainly file-serving.

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    So you are saying that I could add the SBS server as a backup to the domain controller?
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    No, not the an SBS Server as that has to be on a different Domain. A normal Server, like 2003 standard or enterprise Server you can add as AD server to the same domain, and that would be a backup of the Active Directory (user accounts etc., but not a backup for the files and data).

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