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SBS 2003 Migration

jon1966 asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi All,

I inherited a SBS 2003 Server one one domain (Domain A) and another SBS 2003 Server on another domain (Domain B).  

Domain A server was very old while Domain B server was very new.

There are 10 users on Domain A and only 1 on Domain B.

My goal was to fold Domain B into Domain A by migrating services and files to Server on Domain B since Domain A server was low on disk space and old.

I dcpromo down the Domain B SBS 2003 Server and joined it to Domain A.  Let's now call this server Server #2 while the original domain A server is Server #1.

I then ran dcpromo on the Server #2 which gave lots of errors and failed.  I then could no longer log into Server #1, failed credentials.

Server #1 no longer boots, it gets past the raid controller, and the raid is optimal then black screen of nothing.

I would prefer to flush SBS 2003 off of Server #2 but the customer is not anxious to pay $1100 for a Windows 2008 Server license.

1.  I could run the SBS 2003 CD and get Server #1 to boot, but what next.
2.  Should I wipe Server #2 and install WIndows 2008 and run both concurrently as a domain controllers?
3.  If I do restore Server #1 is there a way to keep Server #2 as a DC and transfer roles?


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