How to install Small Business Server 2007 in an existing Active Directory domain

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I have an exisiting single win2003 dc and want to add an SBS 2007 server to the domain.  Can this be done. If so are ther any caveats I should know about.  All 10 users us XP pro.
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The server migration scenario will work just fine.

It will be very similar to an SBS migration - except no Exchange.

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SBS is very fussy about this. Normally SBS must be the first DC in a domain. However tit can be introduced into an existing domain, but upon completion it MUST hold all FSMO roles. If not the SBS will begin automatically shutting down after 7 days. The following Microsoft article outlines the process:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453

You might also want to consider a migration kit from www.swingmigration.com which outlines the process in detail and gives you 90 days personal support to assist with your migration.

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i saw the KB article it refers to SBS2003.  I need it for sbs2007, does one exist.
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Sorry. Process is similar. I haven't seen one as of yet specific to SBS 2008, but the following covers SBS 2008 being introduces to an SBS 2003 domain. The process is the same but you don't have to worry about migrating Exchange, or do you have a separate Exchange server now?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708131(WS.10).aspx
You may find these notes helpful as well:
http://www.johnrpattison.com/blog/windows-small-business-server-2008/windows-small-business-server-2008-migration/
Regardless I would still recommend buying the swingmigration kit. The support alone is worth the $200. One call to Microsoft is a lot more than than, and these folks specialize in migrations involving SBS.

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I have a swing kit and it's probably overkill for this scenario. Once SBS is joined and DCPromo'd, when you DCpromo the original DC to mke it a member server, all the FSMO roles are automatically transferred. With the swing kit the roles have to be seized using ntdsutil - a slow and error prone command line experience.
I'm assuming no Exchange, or course.
Is the existing system going to be retired?
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I guess the point is if you are not familiar with the the procedure, documentation is an asset. If the kit saves you 2 hours, or if there is a risk of a foul up due to not having a clean existing domain and you might be in need of support assistance, $200 is a minor investment. Also the Swing kit allows you to revert back to your original configuration at any time.

Not suggesting it is the only option, but a good choice for those not familiar with migrations.

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thanks for helping out
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Keep in mind many of the automatically configured SBS services for users will not be configured in a migration simply using DCpromo. SBS uses a specially configured version of AD which is used by the SBS GPO's.

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