Windows Small Business Server 2003 - SBS 2003 - Replace or Upgrade
We recommend upgrading to Windows Server 2012. That may require an upgrade of your hardware.
If your hardware is not upgradable , then you need a new server. Adding a new server to your domain will require a domain transfer or a rebuilt domain. Depending upon the complexities of your domain one route may have more appeal than the other.
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If this is a single server domain you may want to re-create the domain rather than jump through all the hoops of transferring the domain to the new server. While re-creating a domain is not a trivial task the transfer of the domain to a new server can be even more daunting.
If you have multiple servers then you may transfer the roles to other servers and remove the old SBS 2003 server.
If you prefer to transfer your domain then you need an Active Directory system state backup handy in case you lose the domain in the process. This is especially important if you do a forced removal.
adprep.exe won't run on SBS 2003 but it's not required.
Join the new 2012 server to the existing domain and raise the functional level of domain & forest. Then use DCPROMO to transfer roles from the SBS 2003 server to the new Server 2012.
The end of life of SBS 2003 was determined by its individual component product’s respective support lifecycles. *
Extended Support End Date
Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition 4/8/2014 Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 1/14/2014 Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Standard Edition 10/14/2014 SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition 4/12/2016 Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition (32-bit x86) 7/14/2015 Windows Server Update Services 3.0 7/11/2017
- Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
- Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition
- Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
- Windows Small Business Server 2003 Service Pack 1
- Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition