What to do if SBS 2003 is not fully transitioned?

In my previous post about the Transition Pack, we talked about the Transition Pack and the changes it makes to the SBS 2003 after a successful installation.

The best way to tell whether the transition pack installation was successful or not is to look for the differences as stated in my previous post which have the snapshots of the key changes being made to SBS 2003.


There are times the Transition Pack installation may silently fail, and the SBS 2003 is not fully transitioned. In such scenario, you may need to reapply the Transition Pack and this is how you do it.


Best practices to follow for installing the Transition Pack:

1.) Uninstall SP2 for Windows Server 2003

(unless you have the SP2 Transition Pack)

2.) Uninstall IE 7.0


3.) Delete the registry key "Small Business" under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\


4.) Create an answer file with the name AnswerFile.sbs and copy it to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Setup folder.

Here is how the answer file should look:

ProductKey=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (place your Transition Pack serial number here)

5.) Run the Transition Pack setup from the Command Prompt

<CDRom Drive>:\>I386\Winnt32.exe /unattend:"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Setup\AnswerFile.sbs"

6.) After the setup is complete, look for those key changes again specifically the Product ID (PID)




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