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1 13th July 07:04
mike
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Default Downgrade 2003 Enterprise to 2003 Standard


Hello,

I have a situation where a client has had Windows 2003 Server Enterprise
"incorrectly" installed licenses when they were supposed to be Windows 2003
Server Standard.

I cannot find much information on this scenario. How can I downgrade their
Enterprise servers (3 in an AD domain) to Standard to get them on their
"correct" licenses. Is it as simple as installing the Standard OS on top of
the Enterprise installation, or am I looking at a backup-blow away-rebuild
situation?

Please help.

Thanks.
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2 13th July 07:04
seth
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i would do a clean install

are all 3 servers being changed from enterprise to standard? are any of
these DCs?
what services are they running?
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3 13th July 07:04
mike
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Seth, thanks for your reply.

There are two Enterprise 2003 servers and one 2000 Standard Server.

One of the Ent 2003 servers is file and print and is the only domain
controller. It is also running Backup Exec 10.1, Symantec AV 10.0.2, and not
much else other than DHCP, DNS, and the basic services.

The other is their Application terminal server that is a member server with
a plethora of applications installed.

The last server is 2000 server, and is a member server running Exchange
2000. This server will also eventually be upgraded to 2003 Std and Exchange
2003.

I have toyed around with upgrading this server 2000 Std first with Exchange
2003, then Server 2003, and transferring the master roles to it before doing
whatever I decide to do with the Ent 2003 servers.

MikeyJ
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4 13th July 07:04
seth
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Ok, so if I'm understanding this correctly...

Server A is 2003 Ent - Backup Exec/SAV/DNS/DHCP/DC/FSMO
Server B is 2003 Ent - Terminal Server
Server C is 2000 Std - Exchange 2000

I would recommend gettting a new server as server D before commencing this
project for a couple reasons:

First, it's a best practice to have a second DC for redundancy.
Second, the idea of upgrading Exchange then Windows to 2003 is not wrong,
but making it a DC is not supported.

Overview of operating system and Active Directory requirements for Exchange
Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822179/en-us

If getting another server is possible, I would take these steps (herein
referred to as Server D):

1) Perform full backup of EVERYTHING
2) Setup Windows 2003 on Server D and install Exchange 2003
Requirements for preparing Windows domains for Exchange Server 2003 or
for Exchange 2000 Server
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312407/en-us
3) Move all mailboxes from Server C to Server D
4) Remove Exchange from Server C
5) Remove Server C from domain
6) Perform fresh install of Windows 2003 on Server C
7) Install Exchange 2003 on Server C
8) Move mailboxes from Server D to Server C
9) Remove Exchange from Server D

At this point, your servers should look like this:

Server A is 2003 Ent - Backup Exec/SAV/DNS/DHCP/DC/GC/FSMO
Server B is 2003 Ent - Terminal Server
Server C is 2003 Std - Exchange 2003
Server D is 2003 Std

I would next work on Server A:

1) Make Server D a DC and GC
2) Install DNS and DHCP on Server D (if not already there)
3) Move DHCP from Server A to Server D
How to move a DHCP database from a computer that is running Windows NT
Server 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows Server 2003 to a computer that is
running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325473/en-us
4) Make Server D the terminal server license server
HOW TO: Deactivate or Reactivate a License Server By Using Terminal
Services Licensing
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814593/en-us
5) Move SAV from Server A to Server D
How to move a Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition Server from one server
group to another
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/552ba2f7636bedf088256818006f78bf/d8311ed4ef0d967788256a22002727c7?OpenDo***ent&src=bar_sch_nam&seg=ag
6) Move server roles (including FSMO) to Server D*
How to view and transfer FSMO roles in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801/en-us
7) Remove Server A as DC and GC
8) Perform fresh install of Windows 2003 on Server A
9) Install DNS (if not already there)
10) Make Server A a DC and GC
11) Install Backup Exec on Server A and Backup Exec agent for Exchange on
Server C (if purchased)

*Skipping this step will cause the roles to automatically transfer to Server
D during step 7.

At this point, your servers should look like this:

Server A is 2003 Std - Backup Exec/DNS/DC/GC
Server B is 2003 Ent - Terminal Server
Server C is 2003 Std - Exchange 2003
Server D is 2003 Std - SAV/DNS/DC/GC/FSMO/TS License Server

The only thing not considered is Server B. Since I'm not aware of the
plethora of applications running on it, it's difficult to give an
explanation of how to proceed with the OS downgrade.
Depending on the applications installed, you could backup the data from
them, perform a fresh install of Windows 2003 Std and reinstall the
applications and restore any data.
Since I don't have much information on that, I can't suggest anything
specific. However, with the steps I have outlined above, you will have made
2 of the existing servers with Windows 2003 and one with Exchange 2003, and
have an additional DC for redundancy. I think this would be a great weekend
project :-)

HTH

-Seth
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