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Creating a Win 03 BDC in an SBS 03 domain

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I am trying to isntall a backup domain controller in my domain.
I have a small business server 2003 SP2 R2.
I want to make a Windows standard server 2003 SP2 R2 a BDC.
When I launch the process I get the following message
"The version of the Active Directory schema of the source forest is not compatible with the version of Active Directory on this computer"
and it asks me tio run "adprep".
I have seen MS article saying I could adprep but nowherre does it says that it applies to SBS 03.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917385
Can I run the Adprep from the standard Win 03 CD on my SBS ? what is the impact of this to my current Active Directory ? Will my current Active Directory be able to run fine right after the AD prep ?  Should I drop the whole idea of having a BDC ?
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Just a correction in terms, there is no longer anything called a BDC it is simply another domain controller, but it is quite straight forward to do with SBS.
-You need to create a computer account for the new server, using the wizard located under server computers in the server management console of the SBS
-Then point the new servers DNS only to the SBS, and join the domain using the wizard  http://SBSname/connectcomputer
-If the new server is R2 version and your SBS is not R2 you need to run adprep, on the SBS, from the second CD of server 2003 R2 located under \CMPNENTS\R2\ADPREP\
If both are R2 this is not necessary.
-Now you can run DCpromo on the new server. You must use integrated zones when working with SBS. (there are different options in the wizard, just choose integrated). I would recommend at the same time installing DNS.

You may want to review the following as well:
 Add and Manage Additional Servers in a Windows Small Business Server Domain
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6f4015f2-7606-4eaa-828a-00b8df6bd999&displaylang=en
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Thanks, will try next week and post results.
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