Today, I’ll be talking about Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 Transition Pack which allows you to smoothly migrate to full blown version of windows server products.
As your business grows, you may feel the need for change and at the same time want to protect and preserve what you already possess. By installing the SBS 2003 transition pack; you can upgrade your SBS 2003 to a full blown Windows Server 2003 Std. edition, with std. version of server applications like Exchange, ISA and SQL.
Things you can achieve after installing the transition pack
You can achieve the following task after installing the SBS 2003 transition pack, which otherwise is not possible in SBS 2003 because of product design limitation.
– Transfer the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles to another domain controller
– Establish two-way trust relationship with another Domain
– Add child domains to the existing AD forest
– Move server applications to another server (for e.g. You can move Exchange Server 2003 to another server for better performance)
– Enable Terminal Server in Application Sharing mode
– Remove the 75 users/device limit
– Increase the max number of processors supported from two to four
After you have migrated your server by installing the SBS 2003 Transition Pack, you will still be able to use the Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 tools; however, they will no longer be supported and you will not be able to reinstall or remove the tools. Additionally, you will no longer be able to run Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Setup to modify (add, remove, re-install) the server applications.
After you migrate to Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition, you must reinstall your existing Windows Server 2003 service packs. In addition, you should record the current built-in Administrator account password for reference because the Directory Services Restore Mode password will no longer be synchronized with the built-in Administrator account password.
Checklist before installing the Transition Pack
Make sure you have ordered for the fulfillment media for the standard versions of applications (This media is required if you want to move applications to a new server and will also help for system recovery) before you install the SBS 2003 transition pack.
Additional information could be found on this link
What happens after you apply the transition pack
The following snapshots would help you understand the difference between SBS 2003 and Windows Server 2003 (the way SBS 2003 looks after a successful installation of Transition Pack).
Issues you may run into after or during the installation of transition pack
If you running Veritas Backup Exec program on the server, the Transition Pack installation may fail silently
Resolution: Look for the registry key Small Business (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\). If the key exists, delete it after taking a backup of it.
For more info: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914990
Server stuck in an activation look after installing SBS 2003 Transition Pack. This issue typically occurs if you running IE 7.0
Resolution: Boot the server in Safe Mode. Uninstall IE 7.0 by executing the following command from the Run dialog box
Service pack mismatch problem. You may get an error stating that the installed version of the product is newer than the current installation.
Resolution: You want to make sure that the service pack matches before starting up the process. If you running Windows Server 2003 SP2, uninstall it before installing the transition pack. Additionally, make sure that you are using the SBS 2003 with SP1 Transition Pack media.
Kinds of Transition Pack
Like SBS 2003, transition pack comes in 2 variants, SBS 2003 Transition Pack and SBS 2003 R2 Transition Pack.
The SBS 2003 Transition Pack includes 1 disc which allows you to convert SBS 2003 to a full blown std. version of Windows Server 2003
The SBS 2003 R2 Transition Pack includes 2 discs. The first disc is the same as above which allows you to convert SBS 2003 to a full blown std. version of Windows Server 2003. The second disc is the Windows Server 2003 R2 disc and has features like DFS-R.
Don’t forget to read my second post on Transition Pack.
What to do if SBS 2003 is not fully transitioned?