Upgrade from SBS 2003 to Windows 2008 std edition

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

We have Windows SBS 2003 Server installed, we reached 75 users of its capacity we would like to upgrade this platform to windows 2008 server Std Edition. Please advice

Question by:Net-oman
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    by:Glen Knight
    Are you using Exchange? Are you using sharepoint?
    If not it's as simple as:

    1) Install Windows 2008 onto new server
    2) Promote server to make it a domain controller, when running dcpromo click to run advanced mode then install DNS onto this server as one of the options.
    3) Install DHCP onto new sever activate scopes and disable scopes on SBS server.
    4) update DHCP scopes so all clients are pointing to new server for DNS
    5) update SBS server so it is pointing to new server for DNS
    6) create data shares on new server and backup/restore data from SBS to new server
    7) update login scripts/active directory values for shares to new server for user profiles and home folders
    8) transfer FSMO roles to new server as per:
    9) run dcpromo on SBS server to remove it from the domain.  The SBS server then needs to be shutdown and removed from the network.

    If your using Exchange or SBS then there is more to it.

    Have you considered Essential Business Server?

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply, please let me know for the following

    1. Can i configure Addition Domain Controller in New Hardware since the domain controller is SBS 2003 ( Does SBS 2003 allow ADC ?)
    2.  If i can use the SBS 2003 as Stand alone server, because it has foxpro installed on it

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    You can have aditional domain controllers as part if your SBS environment but it doesn't change the 75 user limit.

    The only way you will get away from the 75 user limit is by migrating to either Windows 200x non SBS or Essential Business Server 2008

    once you have demoted the SBS server it must be removed from the domain.
    An SBS server must hold all 5 FSMO roles.

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