Windows 2008 Small Business Server installation

We have a network with 2 servers, Win 2003 standard.  We have been asked to investigate implementing MS Exchange.
In the process, I'm looking at the Windows 2008 SBS edition.  Will the SBS edition join the domain as an application server.  Are there any issues with SBS being a part of a domain / system created with server standard editions.  Any issues with 2008 and 2003 integration?
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Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
Hi valleyauto,

I realise that this question is a little old but you haven't been given the answer to your question.  If you only want SBS 2008 for the Exchange role then you are better off not using SBS.  SBS is a complete system designed to run on its own - though you can add a separate additional server to run SQL.  It isn't meant to be run as part of another domain and I really wouldn't recommend that.  SBS comes with a lot more features, all tightly integrated, which would be wasted if you weren't going to use them.  You'll save on hardware costs if you just run the Exchange server (SBS 2008 requires a minimum of 4 GB of RAM but in reality needs at least 8GB to function well).

Hope that helps.  Please don't forget to close out this question if you're happy with my answer.


valleyautoAuthor Commented:
Also, the Win 2003 servers are set as domain controlers, one master and one backup.
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
To do this you need to create the domain with the SBS server, you can then add the other servers to the domain and add them as additional DCs - its extremly complex (impossible) to add an SBS server to an existing domain as the SBS server must hold all of the FSMO roles.

Additional DCs (win2003 or 2008) can be added to an SBS server 2003 or 2008 domain and there will be no problem if you do it this way around
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
BTW there has been no such thing as a Master and Backup DC since Windows NT4 !
They are all DCs
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
I take some of that back - you can add an SBS2008 server to an existing 2003 domain, however, as I said you need to ensure that the SBS server has the FSMO roles - its a bit complicated - but not impossible - see
valleyautoAuthor Commented:
All I want is the MS Exchange portion of SBS.  Would it be better to just purchase 2008 standard and a copy of MSExchange?

The only reason I see that the box needs to join the domain is for Active Directory integration.


And yes, I know the PDC and BDC are gone, just hard for me to think of it any other way :O)
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