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Two SBS on same LAN

I have inherited a network from a company acquisition that has two Small Business Servers (2003 and 2008) on the same LAN.  

They are aware of the problems and reasons why this is not a good idea, so I dont want to go into that too much, but does anyone know if the two of them will constantly chatter to each other about who is in charge, generating a high amount of unrequired network traffic across the LAN?

All comments on network related problems due to the two SBS are greatly appreciated

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Lee W, MVP

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Lee W, MVP

I want to clarify and correct:

It is NOT a licensing violation to have two SBS servers on the same LAN.  It is a license violation to hack one of them to allow them to be in the same DOMAIN for any significant length of time (Migrations PERMIT two on the same domain for up to 3 weeks).  The only significant issue with having two on the same LAN is DHCP - which has been correctly addressed above (one or both domains would use static addressing).  And you also would want to keep all names unique - don't call set both servers names the same like "SBSSERVER" and don't setup clients so they have the same names either (though that's just to prevent oddities that might occur from time to time).

And just to be clear, the LAN is the physical network - the DOMAIN is the logical grouping of computers - regardless of physical network.
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