(oops I just realized I was following an earlier version of the document and I missed a step… it’s an important step were you point the SBS 2003 and the Essentials server to talk to each other)

Configure the DNS of the local network adapter
To resolve the existing domain name, perform the following steps to set the DNS address of the Destination Server to the IP address of the Source Server.
You can also resolve the existing domain name by configuring the router to provide the IP address of the Source Server as the DNS address. However, you will need to perform this task again after the Destination Server becomes the primary server on the network.
 To set the IP address of the Destination Server
1.    Open the Network and Sharing Center by clicking on the network icon in the notification area and clicking the link.
2.    Click Change Adapter Settings.
3.    Right-click the network adapter, and then click Properties.
4.    Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
5.    Select Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter in the Preferred DNS server as the IP address of the Source Server. To obtain this address, type ipconfig in a Command Prompt window on the Source Server and then click OK.

On the SBS 2003 the ipconfig says that the server is at

So what we do is point the DNS on the SBS Essentials to talk to the (or whatever the IP is of the SBS 2003 source server)

Then go to the Essentials box an click on change adapter settings

Go into the properties of the nic

Now Essentials installs assuming that it will always get it’s IP from the router/dhcp but the server purest in me doesn’t find that assuring.

So instead of just setting up the DNS to point to the source server, I’m going to give this little guy a static IP.


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