2008 Standard in a SBS 2003 Environment

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I want to add a 2008 Standard box to an existing SBS 2003 environment.  I assume it would be ok just to add it as a member server and user it as the file server/SQL server and leave the SBS 2003 server in to do Exchange/AD?

Question by:davenportkurt
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    by:Glen Knight
    You can add it, you could even make it a domain controller if you want as long as the 5 FSMO roles stay with the SBS2003 server.

    You would just need to ensure you run the appropriate ADPREP commands.

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    Do I need to do the ADPREP stuff if I want it to be a secondary DC?
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    Yes you can, however you need to ensure you have enough license (user CALs). Your SBS CALs only cover the use of Windows Server 2003 in your network, not 2008. Of course, your SQL CALs on top of that.
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    You will need to do the Forest and Domain prep is you want to promote the 2008 server to a DC. But if you have plan to use the box as a Terminal Server then don't promote it.

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    Basically its just gonna be a file server and hold a sql database. It doesn't necessarily have to do any ad stuff but just thought having a backup would be smart.

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