Workaround for adding a DC for backup to SBS 2003 network

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Can I add a second domain controller for backup to my SBS 2003 network? I know it says that I can't, but there has to be a hack or work around! Anyone? We need to have a backup ad machine!

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There is not a hack BUT.

You can have another machine running VMware Server (free version). Now install VMware Converter standalone version and then P2V your server and target source would be VMware Server which would create the “p2v”ed SBS server in VMware Server supported format. Select a location where you can backup to tape (bonus). Now copy these files to the machine hosting VMware Server and import it. Now you have a “standby” server.

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  • Dwiebesick
    You can have additional domain controllers in your SBS2003 environment. The only restriction is that the SBS MUST be the first DC and hold all 5 FSMO roles.
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