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Article ID: 943494 - Last Review: March 24, 2009 - Revision: 4.0

SYMPTOMS

The software license terms for Windows SBS enforce a limitation that permits the presence of only one Windows SBS Domain Controller in domain. However, the software license terms allow for a grace period that makes it not possible to complete the process of migrating data and settings in “join domain” type migration scenarios.

This software update extends the allowable grace period for the supported scenarios from 7 days to 21 days.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, download an update from the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=64903D3C-3264-418D-9199-2963A599E268 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=64903D3C-3264-418D-9199-2963A599E268)

MORE INFORMATION

The software license term for Windows SBS allows only one Windows SBS domain controller in a domain. The software license term provides a grace period to complete data migration and settings migration in a "join domain" type of migration. The update that is mentioned in the "Resolution" section extends the grace period for supported scenarios to 21 days.

Important We strongly recommend that you complete all migration tasks before you demote the Windows SBS domain controller to a member server. Once you demote the Windows SBS domain controller to a member server, the grace period is reset to 7 days.

REFERENCES

For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site.
Migrating Windows Small Business Server 2003 to new hardware
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/62e2094e-ad4e-4227-b20e-97a716ed7c861033.mspx (http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/62e2094e-ad4e-4227-b20e-97a716ed7c861033.mspx)

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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