Migrate SBS 2003 tot Standard Server, without transition pack

We need to convert an SBS 2003 server into a standard server. Since we do not need Exchange anymore, the windows Transition Pack solution would be to expensive.

Is it possible to do a clean install 2003 STD server and restore the system state of the old SBS server, so we do have our active directory again?
mbdeskAsked:
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Abhay PujariCommented:
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Abhay PujariCommented:
This is MS article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555073. I think you already read this.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
The transition pack is the most cost-effective option !
In any case you can't restore the system state in the way you describe.
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mbdeskAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your quick reply.

I've read the MS article indeed, but that's no option. But your first link is helpful.

I already have one STD server in the network. Here's what I suggest (after reading your link):

1. I transfer all the roles of the SBS to the existing STD server via FSMO (no exchange...)
2. Make this SBS as the GC
3. Re-install the SBS server as the second STD server
4. Transfer all the roles back to this server via FMSO
5. Make this STD server GC

Should this work in your opinion?
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mbdeskAuthor Commented:
@KCTS: Do you think a transition pack for 75 users is cheaper than buying a new STD Server license with 75 STD CALs? I do not need Exchange anymore.
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mbdeskAuthor Commented:
-bump-
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Abhay PujariCommented:
any updates???
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mbdeskAuthor Commented:
We have bought new 2008 licenses and did the following steps:

1. clean install 2008
2. give the server the role "domain controller"
3. execute "adprep /forestprep" on SBS server
4. execute "adprep /domainprep" on SBS server
5. execute "dcpromo" on the SBS (including DNS and Global Domain Controller)
6. execute FSMO roles as mentioned below
7. run DCpromo on SBS server to demote this one*
8. Clean the DNS server on the new server.

*:While demoting, the process will hang at demoting "NET LOGON". No worry, just demote the server once more, then the process will finish.

--RUNNING FSMO ROLES--
Use the Active Directory Schema Master snap-in to transfer the schema master role. Before you can use this snap-in, you must register the Schmmgmt.dll file.

Register Schmmgmt.dll

   1. Click Start, and then click Run.
   2. Type regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll in the Open box, and then click OK.
   3. Click OK when you receive the message that the operation succeeded.

Transfer the Schema Master Role

   1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc in the Open box, and then click OK.
   2. On the File, menu click Add/Remove Snap-in.
   3. Click Add.
   4. Click Active Directory Schema, click Add, click Close, and then click OK.
   5. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Schema, and then click Change Domain Controller.
   6. Click Specify Name, type the name of the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
   7. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Schema, and then click Operations Master.
   8. Click Change.
   9. Click OK to confirm that you want to transfer the role, and then click Close.

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Transfer the Domain Naming Master Role

   1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
   2. Right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

      NOTE: You must perform this step if you are not on the domain controller to which you want to transfer the role. You do not have to perform this step if you are already connected to the domain controller whose role you want to transfer.
   3. Do one of the following:
          * In the Enter the name of another domain controller box, type the name of the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.

            -or-
          * In the Or, select an available domain controller list, click the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
   4. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Operations Master.
   5. Click Change.
   6. Click OK to confirm that you want to transfer the role, and then click Close.

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Transfer the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master Roles

   1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
   2. Right-click Active Directory Users and Computers, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

      NOTE: You must perform this step if you are not on the domain controller to which you want to transfer the role. You do not have to perform this step if you are already connected to the domain controller whose role you want to transfer.
   3. Do one of the following:
          * In the Enter the name of another domain controller box, type the name of the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.

            -or-
          * In the Or, select an available domain controller list, click the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
   4. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Users and Computers, point to All Tasks, and then click Operations Master.
   5. Click the appropriate tab for the role that you want to transfer (RID, PDC, or Infrastructure), and then click Change.
   6. Click OK to confirm that you want to transfer the role, and then click Close.

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