Reinstall SBS 2003

I am getting ready to switch from a domain running Active Directory on a Windows 2000 server to a new domain that will use an SBS 2003 server for the DC. The old server will be phased out. We are on a network of about 30 computers. The SBS server was running fine on it's own domain until I installed some ERP software that seems to make it freeze from time to time. Mouse moves but desktop is gone and it can't be seen on the network. I uninstalled the software to no avail. since it is not critical YET. What would be the best thing to do. Even if I have to reinstall I an do that. Are they any problems with that?
victorbied1Asked:
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jeffchunnCommented:
If you choose to reinstall the SBS box from scratch, you won't be able to re-use the domain it hosts.  

When you say it can't be seen on the network, what do you mean?  Does it respond to ping? Does the "no mouse" issue affect all users that log on locally?
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victorbied1Author Commented:
Thanks for the quick feedback.  I wasn't sure about reusing the domain. I can change the domain name if need be and have all PC's rejoin the new domain if necessary. We are still using our old domain at the moment on a server that was built out of spare parts to get by.
I want to get the SBS2003 up and then switch over to the NEW domain. As far as being seen on the network. The clients can not browse the network and find the shared folders on the server when this happens. Yes it does respond to ping. Not sure about the mouse issue, I was on as administrator when that happened. I am looking at the event log and there are Exchange issues now.
I would have no problem in reinstalling the OS right now. My ONLY concern is the CALs that I have. Can I reinstall and use the same CALS?
Thanks
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jeffchunnCommented:
Yes, you can reinstall and use the same CALs.  It sounds like you don't really have anything riding on this SBS box at the moment, so if it were mine I'd go ahead and reinstall.  Building a new domain around a DC you're not comfortable with should definitely be avoided if at all possible.
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victorbied1Author Commented:
Thanks again for the quick response. I will reinstall. One last question, I Hope. I am new to SBS. Can I have it take over as domain controller for my existing domain? I seem to remember reading somewhere that SBS can not do that ?
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jeffchunnCommented:
Yes, you can deploy SBS into your existing domain.  There are a few rules to stick by - the SBS box must be assigned FSMO roles, must be made a Global Catalog server, etc.  I've succeeded with this very thing before, though, and it should work fine if done carefully.

See this link for a detailed explanation:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453
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victorbied1Author Commented:
Well it just did the thing where it freezes. When that happened I could NOT ping the SBS box and I can not do anything on the screen except move the mouse. I am seriously going to reinstall now.....
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jeffchunnCommented:
I think that's the best course of action.  Reinstall the SBS box, get everything running smoothly and, once you're comfortable with it, deploy it into your existing domain using the MS article above.  Should save you a lot of headache.
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victorbied1Author Commented:
Can I make it the Domain controller and retire my old one then?
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jeffchunnCommented:
Yes, once you complete the steps above and promote your SBS box to DC, you can reassign roles from the old DC to the new one (or others).  Once that is complete, you can demote the old DC and begin to phase it out of your domain.
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victorbied1Author Commented:
Thanks so much! I am an IT guy but my strength is programming. But in a small shop you have to be a jack of all trades if you know what I mean!
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