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I have a domain on small business server 2003 that I want to change into a standard domain. Exchange and SQL are not used, and new servers (with licenses) are coming in to replace the old horse.  I am looking for a plan to do this.

My current idea is to create a backup domain controller on a temporary server 2003 box, then turn off the old server and seize FSMO roles to the temp server. Finally adprep to server 2012 and transfer FSMO to the new (final) server.

Regression plan is to abort and turn the old server back on.

Can anybody poke holes in this plan?  I am hoping I can make this happen over a weekend and we all hate wasting weekends.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVP earned 2000 total points
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The issue with your plan is that both the original and the temporary server will be in the AD and you will not be able to clear them out unless you know how to use the tools.

Instead, follow this guide:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/infratalks/archive/2012/09/07/transition-from-small-business-server-to-standard-windows-server.aspx

Or www.sbsmigration.com.
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Good article. Thanks
Yes, I was anticipating doing a metadata cleanup of the old server and the temp.  One of the issues I have already run into on this system is I am unable to adprep the SBS server to 2008.  It is not a healthy system by any stretch of imagination.  Hopefully once I get the users on a DC and make it forget about SBS I can move it all forward.
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