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SBS 2011 added to a 2003r2 server domain

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I have read two different answers to this question on this site. One says that you can add the 2011 server to the current 2003 domain and change the FSMO but not demote it and have two ADs in the domain and the other says that SBS must have only one domain controller.
I have a 2003 server that I need to keep running several applications. I want to use the SBS 2011 server for AD, exchange and file storage. What is the best way to go about this? My current server has exchange. Should I do the merge or should I install the 2011 in it's own domain, demote the 2003 and add it as a member server? I could really use some guidance. thank you
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You can only have one SBS server in a domain and it has to be the master.
If you read Microsoft's swing migration you should be able to figure out how to do it.
Better yet, go to Jeff Middleton's http://www.sbsmigration.com/

You are sure to find a kit here which will tell how to do it.

I've never done it so can't advise on the steps, but know it's possible.

Here's a MS site that might help http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453
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Partially on correct because the solution is for 2003 not SBS 2011, but I realized there is little information as yet for 2011. The sbsmigration.com site was NOT impressive to me. You had to have an additional machine and it did not answer the questions I had, I paid $200.00 and they would not respond to me at all. Even though support was included in the $200.00. I would be very leery of recommending the that site.
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