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Final Steps from Server Std 2008 to SBS 2008

Hello Everyone -

I just recently finished the process of adding a new SBS 2008 Prem Server to an existing 2008 Domain with a Standard 2008 Domain Controller. I created the sytem state backup, created the answer file, and used that for my new installation on a second server (SBS 2008). One thing I did forget to do though, is run the source prep. Not sure if that was too detrimental since everything is working?

Now that the installation is finished, I see the new server in Active Directory under Servers and see both servers now as Global Catalog Servers. I know i can keep this setup for the next 21 days, however, what is needed next to start moving Active Directory, DNS and DHCP Server over to the new server? I know to use the migration tool, but just wanted to see if there was anything that wasnt in writing before I start.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Quick update: Just looked in "users" on the new computer and found all the user's to be present. Just found all DNS and DHCP data are also on the new box as well. Also, all 5 FSMO roles are now with the SBS2008 server.

Is all that's left is to just DCPROMO the 2008 Standard Box?

Just want to be sure what the next steps are since many of the guides I've found are involving a SBS upgrade or 2003 to 2008 migration.

The SBS migration installation process does all these steps for you, so it makes itself DC, GC, moves all FSMO roles to itself and installes DNS and DHCP.

About the source tool this is nog a problem because you were going from 2008 to 2008 this normally does the adprep but if the domain level stays the same it is not a problem.

As long as the SBS 2008 server helds all the FSMO roles, the other server can just stay DC and nothing will shutdown after 21 days. This is only the case with more than one SBS server and SBS not holding the FSMO roles. You may just keep the server as additional DC if you like, otherwise when everything is over, no AD or replication errors in your eventlogs. Run SBS BPA and dcdiag to make sure there are no problems, than you could start demoting the old server.

Thanks ronnypot - What I'd like to do is keep the second server as a second server or additional DC.

Is it ok to have them both as Global Catalog servers? I'm wondering if that's why SBS 2008 cannot keep the DHCP service running when the Std 2008 can keep the DHCP server running. SHould I turn off roles?
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William Peck

Sure both can be DC and GC without any problem. When DHCP see another DHCP in the network it will automatical shut that down. So it would be wise to disable DHCP on the windows 2008 std and start it on the SBS

So does the 21 day rule still stand then?

How would I go about keeping the original 2008 Standard Server on the domain while keeping the SBS 2008 machine as the domain controller?

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Awesome - Thanks ronnypot!
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