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'Licensing requirement' for SBS2003 member server?

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  • 'Licensing requirement' for SBS2003 member server?

    I installed SBS2003 as a member server on a very small lan domain with a single dc running sbs2003. It was a turn-key install...a few hours after joining it to the domain, the clients (all 4 of them) periodically started getting the popup: "<name of server> does not comply with the licensing requirements. Contact your administrator."

    The OS comes with 5 client license...

    It later started automatically shutting down after ignoring the initial message.

    Any one know what the deal is here? THANKS in advance for sharing your thought(s)!

  • #2
    IIRC SBS only supports one DC per domain -- you can add member servers but not a second DC. By definition, a SBS server cannot be a member server

    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      SBS 2003 / 2 Servers

      Yes, but you can make the non SBS Server a BDC (BackUp Domain Controller) and it can host Terminal Services in App. Mode. This is how I have it setup.

      In Case you own 2 copies of SBS (because you can only have one on the domain as previously posted) you can uninstall Exhange + the other components so Windows would recognize the second as Win Server Standard (make it the BDC).

      Finally, a single Exchange can host eMail for more than one domain as long as you don't mind all users having parallel email accounts in both domains.