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I am adding a SBS 2008 to a SBS 2003 domain. The 08 server is a member of the 03 domain. When I run dcpromo it fails. The error is " the replication operation failed to allocate memnory.Has anyone come across this?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You cannot have two SBS servers on the same domain.  

What exactly are you trying to do -- migrate to the new server?  If so, there's a specific procedure you should be following...
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michko-au earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

You simply can't do this. The process for migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 is detailed here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52b7ea63-78af-4a96-811e-284f5c1de13b&displaylang=en

What I'd like to know is how the SBS 08 server is a member of the SBS 03 domain? When you install SBS 08 by default the wizard makes you create a new AD domain.
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by:irishpaul
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Yes - I am trying to move from an 03 server  to an 08 one. I read on Microsoft's site about adding a 2008 SBS to an 2003 SBS network. I was hoping to slowly move service from the old one to the new one.

Are you sure you can't have two? IF so, can you link to the procedure for me?

Thanks
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by:irishpaul
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Thanks for the link to the document. What do you think of the link I provided?

Thanks for your help leew.
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by:michko-au
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Those instructions are for adding a Windows Server 2008 (not SBS) server to an existing SBS 2003\2008 network as an additional domain controller - which is perfectly acceptable. Is your 2008 server SBS or not?

If it is SBS - During the migration process in the guide from Microsoft I already linked, you are given a short grace period during which the old server can run whilst the new server is finalised.

Better still, there are ways you can 'swing' from the old server to new, using a temporary server.
http://www.sbsmigration.com/ has guides on this.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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The problem is you are NOT "Adding a Server Running Windows Server 2008 to a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network" - you ARE trying to add a Windows Small Business Server 2008 to a 2003 network - SBS 2008 is NOT Server 2008.

If you want to do this properly, you will have to wipe the 2008 server and reinstall it.  Further, you will have AT MOST 3 weeks to complete your migration.

You should be reading this and frankly, I would do a couple of times in a test environment first to make sure you understand what needs to be done and how to do it.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52b7ea63-78af-4a96-811e-284f5c1de13b&displaylang=en
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by:Philip Elder
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Here is our SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Guide:
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2009/06/sbs-2003-to-sbs-2008-migration-guide.html

To properly migrate an existing SBS 2003 network to SBS 2008, you need to prepare your source SBS 2003 server using the steps outlined, then create the Answer File that is used to install SBS 2008 in Migration Mode.

Make sure WSUS if it is installed on the source server is OFF before running the SBS 2008 Migration Mode OS install.

Philip
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by:irishpaul
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Ok- I understand what you are saying and I have downloaded the document you provided.

Why do I have to wait 3 weeks? What is important about that time frame?
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by:irishpaul
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Thanks for the link to your guide. Its nice to have more than one source. I guess I have a whole lot more work ahead than I originally thought,. Thanks.
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by:michko-au
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irishpaul,
you don't have to wait 3 weeks. What we are refering to is the 21 day grace period after you install SBS 2008 into your environment using the migration wizard. In that time you have to move all of your data over etc. After 21 days the SBS 03 machine must  be shut down.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You don't have to WAIT - you have a LIMIT of 3 weeks - once you get SBS 2008 installed in the domain and the FSMO roles transfer from SBS 2003, SBS 2003 will start counting down.  After 21 days, it will start shutting down every few hours because you would be in violation of licensing.  (SBS MUST be your FSMO master DC or you violate licensing - there is a 3 week grace period for migrations).
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by:michko-au
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irishpaul,
I'm glad to hear you have downloaded the Microsoft document. Perhaps you'd like to accept the solution?
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by:kaskhedikar_tushar
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Hello,

You already add in a domain.Then, how it is possible to make a new domain controller on SBS 2008?

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar  
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