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Install Server 2003 standard over SBS 2003
I have an SBS 2003 server that has been migrated to SBS 2008. The SBS 2003 box has been demoted and is running as a member server - and shutting down every hour.
Is it possible to simply install a full copy of Server 2003 over the SBS install to keep the server as a member server in the SBS 2008 domain?
(there are several tricky apps installed, so I'd rather not install a clean 2003 server - I'd like to use the old SBS install, but i am getting the EULA violation errors).
Windows Server 2003
8/22/2022 - Mon
Lee W, MVP
Sorry, I can't imagine a "repair install" would work. I suppose you could create a backup and try it, but I seriously doubt it. The only way you might be able to preserve it at this point would be dig up the transition pack on e-bay - but that would be an extremely expensive (typically, the product cost upwards of $1300).
You might try buying a couple of new hard drives and installing 2003 standard on those, pulling the existing drive(s). This way , you can always restore the old system if you have too many problems and try again later... Besides, this way you replace some OLD spindles that probably should be replaced anyway.
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From what I know, it is not possible.
There used to be a transition pack available but I dont think it is sold anymore.
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Thanks - I was afraid of that.
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