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i have SBS 2008 Domain controller in my network.In the same n/w can i install Additional Domain controller also using sbs 2008 ???

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by:Lee W, MVP
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Absolutely.  The only restriction is that you CANNOT transfer the FSMO roles away from the SBS server.
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by:RDAGroup
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An SBS server can only be the main DC and must hold all FSMO roles. It
CANNOT be a second DC itself. You can however have multiple DCs in your environment. Be it in the same site or remote.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Clarifying my original post:


Absolutely.  The only restriction is that you CANNOT transfer the FSMO roles away from the SBS server.  And you cannot have more than one SBS server in the same domain - other servers, yes, just no other "Small Business Servers"
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by:senmohan
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Dear All,

Let me clarify ...i have domain named ABC.com and that has been hosted in a SBS2008 domain controller and here my requirement is to  have  a Additional Domain Controller in ABC.com domain which

i don't want to transfer FSMO role but still i need to have ADC in the network !!!

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by:Lee W, MVP
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As stated - you can absolutely add another DC - so long as it's not another SBS Server.  Install Server, run DCPROMO.  Done.  Provided you have no problems with Active Directory, it should work quickly and easily.
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by:senmohan
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i need to install ADC on another SBS 2008 itself ...is it possible ?
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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No - I've said twice, the other server CANNOT be an SBS server.  Think about this:
- SBS REQUIRES that it host the FSMO Roles
- each role can only be hosted by one server
- all roles can be on the same server
- If an SBS server does not host ALL roles, it starts rebooting every hour or two after a few weeks

Now, considering those technical limitations - without breaking the licensing rules - which we can't help you with anyway - how can you have TWO SBS servers on the same network?  Both have to have the FSMO Master roles... and yet only one CAN have them.

Now, TECHNICALLY, it's possible if you spend well over $1000 on the transition pack (if there is even an SBS 2008 transition pack - I've not found one).  But buying another copy of Server 2008 is CHEAPER than the transition pack would be and technically cheaper than an SBS server is too.

Also, "ADC" is not a proper term - it's just a DC.

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