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SBS 2003 migration to 'Full Product' - Same Domain

Hi Guys,

Demazter's article goes someway to answering my questions;


We are migrating from SBS2003 SP2 to 'Full Product', this was our option from MS after the SBS-EBS migration was a spectacular failure.

SBS2003 and production servers are all in VM and we have already migrated MOSS, Exchange (2003->2007) and SQL to standalone Server2008, what we need to do now is retire/remove the SBS2003 server.

To this end I have S2008x64 build in VM to use as the new DC and also want a BDC, Q1; can we use any of the current S2008 boxes as BDC? (I believe the Exchange box is not a good idea for either role and do have several others).

Q2; Can I follow Demazter's excellent migration article (link above) and just ignore the parts appertaining to Exchange? (obviously not using the Exchange box as the DC in my case).


Bill - London
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Cris HannaCommented:
You will need to updated the schema on the SBS 2003 box first to allow for Server 2008 domain controllers

You are correct, you don't want to use the one with Exchange on it...wouldn't use one with SQL on it either.

Once you've upgraded schema on SBS 2003, and assuming there are no OLDER DC's , you would also need to raise the forest and domain levels of the SBS 2003 server to Server 2003 native.

Then add the DC role to your selected server, and replicate.
Add the DNS role to the selected server and replicate
Add the Global catalog role to the new server
Add DHCP (but don't turn on yet) to the new server
When all replication is complete...all data is removed from the SBS Server is moved, Exchange has been removed from the SBS 2003 server, if not already done, etc (you no longer need the SBS server AT ALL), transfer the FSMO roles from the SBS 2003 server to your new server, then immediately DC PROMO the SBS server out and remove it from the domain.
wlewis123Author Commented:
Thank You CrisHanna,

I followed Demazter's guide ignoring the obvious bits (Exchange/Sharepoint migrations), my old SBS2003 system fought tooth and nail throwing exceptions out at every step which took a full 8hrs to resolve and finally I could put it in a VM folder called 'Got the little bugger!".

My new DC/Domain need a little bit of tidying up to correct DNS/DHCP settings (DHCP is handled by a Sonicwall), but that was nothing compared to demoting the old SBS box.

Bill - London.
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