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Set Forest Functional level 2008 R2

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I have a domain with a bsb 2003 server it is going to be replaced with a 2008 R2 server. Once the 2008 R2 server is in production and the old SBS2003 server is shutdown i plan on re-using the hardware on the old server as a file archive server it may be a 2003 server installed as a member server. should i set the Forest Functional Level to 2008 R2 or Server 2003? (also I am building the 2003 R2 server from scratch so I will not be migrating any AD info)
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If I understand your question you are going too stop using the SBS 2003 server?  If so you must format the drives and install a copy of Server 200X, what ever you choose, AND purchase the appropriate CALs for both servers.  The SBS cannot be a member of another domain, and it cannot be party to any trusts.  It can only be a DC, root of the forest and hold all the FSMO roles for the domain to which it is the/a DC.  While you can have other DCs in a SBS domain, you cannot have an SBS, or any of its parts, participate in another domain.

Leave the new Server 2008 in its default installation mode, presumbably that is 2003.

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yes we will be formating the SBS and installing Server STD (not sure if it will be 2003 or 2008) yet. if i go with the default 2003 what do i give up as far as benefits? When i add back the old server rebuilt as a 2003/2008 STD server it will just be a member server.

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