Explain configuration scenarios concernig Win Server 2008 with a Win Server 2003 on same subnet.
Posted on 2013-11-05
I am sure that you all have had some configuration that puzzles you. I have been an SBS tech for 10 years and have never had another server on the same domain/subnet.
Please explain how a 2008 server can co-exist with a 2003 server on the same domain and subnet. I see folders including SBS this and SBS that on the 2008 server.
I have a new situation where I must provide support for a network that my company inherited which has a Win Server 2008 and a Win Server 2003.
The 2003 server was the PDC before the 2008 server was introduced. I see files on the desktop of the 2008 server concerning FSMO changes.
I think that the 2003 server was demoted and the server 2008 was installed giving the 5 FSMO roles for the domain. I know that the 2008 server is the domain controller of this network as it is running AD, DHCP, DNS, etc.
Problem - The 2003 server is still running a proprietary app that users input data. The servers are connected to the same e-switch located in the Computer Room. There is only 1 monitor which is plugged into the 2008 server. There is a shortcut to access the 2003 server on the desktop of the 2008 server.
All users authenticate to the new 2008 server but access the proprietary database on the 2003 server. Could it be that the 2003 server is now merely considered a computer on the domain?
Are all subservient servers to the PDC considered computer accounts?
Forgive my ignorance,