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SBS2003/Win2K Server Migration

Hello experts.  We currently have a Windows 2000 Domain in native mode.  We recently acquired a second company running SBS2003.  The goal is to have the SBS2003 as our new domain controller and our server (currently our DC) a member server of the domain.  Can you please provide a brief explanation as to how I can demote the SBS from its current domain and make it the domain controller of our existing domain?  I found a KB that explains how to make the SBS a domain controller but it assumes its a new server out of the box I am not sure how the process works when the SBS was already a DC for a domain.   Do I reformat the SBS box and start from scratch?  Thank you!
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denverkeith
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FayazCommented:
I recommend a fresh installation on SBS as a member server and then promote it as DC.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238369 
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AsrCommented:
you can't have win2000 as dc in the same net and the same domain in sbs2003. Then export existing domain from windows 2000 and install your domain in sbs2003(when 2000 is out off net).
Import user and all rolles from windows 2000. then remove dc from 2000 and add it as member to the same domain.
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denverkeithAuthor Commented:
Fayaz.  Are you suggesting this because the SBS server is already a DC for an old domain.  I understand that SBS2003 can be added to an existing Domain and that the 2000 box cannot continue to be the DC but could be demoted to a member server with no problem (at least according to MS).

Asr.  I am a little confused by your comment.  With "Then export existing domain from windows 2000 and install your domain in sbs2003 (when 2000 is out off net).",  are you saying that I should export the AD schema from the 2000 box, take it off line, then bring up the SBS box and import the AD data????  Then finally, bring up the 2000 box and demote it to a member server?  Does this solve the problem of the SBS2003 box being a DC for a non-existant domain?

Can an SBS server be demoted to a member server and then setup as a DC in a new domian oir are all SBS servers DCs and would just be moved to a new domain?

Thanks for your comments!!!!!!
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AsrCommented:
yes you can't add sbs2003 as a member in windows 2000. sbs2003 should be domain controller.
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denverkeithAuthor Commented:
Let me ask you one more thing.  Have you had any luck demoting SBS2003 from a no-longer-existant domain and bringing it backup as a DC for a new domain?  I read one article by MS that said it could be done but the recommend a reinstall from scratch.  Thanks.
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AsrCommented:
Hi
Yes I did many time. My private mail is bahman@homeemail.dk you can ask about it if you want. and i try to send you a doc. to resolve this problem (from my old link and paper).
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