SBS2003 demotion

Posted on 2014-12-08
Last Modified: 2014-12-08

I have an SBS 2003 server which I want to demote and remove from the network. I have added a Server 2012 Essentials machine as a DC and it is replicating with the SBS2003 box, email is now hosted on O365.
I just want to check the order I have to do things in, is this right:
Transfer FSMO roles to 2012
Uninstall Exchange 2003
Demote SBS2003

Question by:activateahsd
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Alan Hardisty earned 500 total points
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You should uninstall Exchange 2003 first, then transfer the FSMO roles and then DCPROMO the server in that order.


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The FSMO roles can be moved at any time prior to running the DCPROMO function, exchange will not care about those.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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As soon as you move the FSMO roles, as it is SBS, it will shut the server down hourly, so you are far better off removing Exchange first, then moving the FSMO roles, then DCPROMOing the server.

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Sorry Alan, you are correct.  I have not worried about that issue in such a long time as I typically just disable the SBCore service so that these checks are not performed.  We should not have to deal with those software imposed headaches when we are trying to migrate off the system.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Gotta Love Microsoft ;)

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thanks for the info!

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