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  • Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

    Hi all,

    I have joined Windows 2008 SBS Standard Edition Server to the network as a member server.

    I am now trying to promote it to be a domain controller (the PDC is Windows 2000 Server Standard) - either by running dcpromo or via the add a role section but I am getting an error very early on in the process.

    The screen says "copying initial directory service database file c:\windows\system32\sbsntds.dit to c:\windows\ntds\ntds.dit"

    I then get "the system cannot find the file specified" and the operation fails.

    There is no sbsntds.dit in the system32 folder.

    This really has me baffled - any help would be very much appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    Marcus

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    Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

    Hi,

    I don't think that's possible. You'll have to create a new SBS domain and then do a migration from your existing domain.
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    • #3
      Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

      Cannot be done!
      SBS must run the domain
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

        Many thanks to you and L4ndy for your replies.

        What do you think would be the best process?

        Should I set up the SBS machine with it's own domain and then use the Active Directory Migration Tool?

        Thanks again,

        Marcus

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        • #5
          Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

          Yes, in a nutshell. Depending on what your current setup contains.
          There is article about adding SBS2003 to an existin AD domain: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884453
          But i don't think that applies to SBS 2008.
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          • #6
            Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

            Thanks again for your help.

            I am going to set up the SBS machine with it's own domain and then use the Active Directory Migration Tool.

            Thanks again, much appreciated

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            • #7
              Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

              And moved to SBS 2008

              Note I am not convinced that ADMT will work as it requires inter-domain trusts which I do not think SBS will allow
              Tom Jones
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              • #8
                Re: Add Windows 2008 to network as a domain controller

                Ossian - have you seen the post "SBS 2000 to 2008 Migration" by teiger?

                Microsoft support have also told me that this should be possible..

                Cheers

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