I just finished installing a new server with Server 2003 x64 R2 SP2 into a non-R2 SBS network. I have some questions on the end result. Hopefully I can get this resolved. I am copying over 10 million photos onto it right now, and I have to get SQL installed quickly, so I can re-purpose our old file server this upcoming three day weekend.
Anyway, I ended up making this new server an additional domain controller simply because I read some things saying you should have a backup domain controller and up until this point I haven't had a backup. I don't know if this is normal, but since making it a DC, I cannot log onto the server locally. I have to log-on using the administrator account and PW from the primary server. This has resulted in the loss of all of the administrative tools. This is issue #1. I cannot select the server's own name when logging on. It will only let me connect to the domain. I think I am going to have issues with this, so I may need to "demote" it from being a DC.
Issue #2. I was never able to setup the licensing on this server. I think it MIGHT have been because it is a R2 version, installed into a domain with a non-R2 SBS server. When opening the licensing module before today, it would state that I need to connect as an administrator. I upgraded the AD using the second R2 CD today. I didn't try to fix the licensing before promoting the new server to a DC. The licensing module pops up an error saying that the Licensing Logging Service is not running. The only reason I can even run the licensing module is because it is still on the Start Menu, where the commonly run programs go. Otherwise it would be unavailable since the administrative tools section of the start menu is gone, as described above.
Issue #3. Users connecting from home via VPN (SBS Connector) are unable to add any of the shared folders I have created on this new server. I have four shared folders and I have replicated permissions from our other server, so everything should be working. Unfortunately the mobile users cannot even see this server. I can connect to it on the LAN without a problem. I do not know if it was visible before making it a DC.