Two server (SBS2003 + Windows2000) deployment


current server : Windows 2000 SP4 running SQL server + latest Goldmine CRM and related HEAT tech support software.

new requirements: phased migration to replace W2K and move to SBS2003/Windows2003 servers.

This question is solely concerned with Phase1 : demote W2K server (=SERVER2), retain SQL server and continue running Goldmine/Heat on W2k server; install new SERVER1 (SBS2003 Premium R2) as primary server including running Exchange for the first time.

I need detailed steps to carry out Phase1 especially tips eg. migrate users from W2K AD to SBS2003...

Jay Ratansi
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MesthaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have to add the SBS server to the new domain - the installer will let you do that.
You don't create a new domain and you certainly do not want to demote the existing DC before the SBS is on the domain because you will lose all of the domain configuration.

Moving the FSMO roles:

Move Global Catalog:

You can add the SBS server to the existing domain. That isn't a problem. You will need to move the FSMO roles to the new server shortly after adding the server to the domain, otherwise the SBS server will shutdown. Once you have SBS on the new domain the installation can be configured and you can mail enabled the existing users.

Jay_RatansiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mestha for your prompt response.

Can you clarify steps for moving FSMO roles to new (SBS2003) server?

When I install SBS2003 server, it will become DC by default. Is this not going to clash? Are the steps as follows?

-config SBS2003 but not connect to existing network;
-demote Win2000 server;
-connect SBS2003 server to network

John-M-PConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Install Disk 1 of the SBS media, Once the base OS is installed, jointhe new SBS boc to the old domain. Install DNS. Run DC Promo, adding it as a second DC. Let AD Replicate. Transfer FSMO roles and GC as above.
Once AD has been transferred, you can then complete the installation of SBS 2003
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