We have begun setting up a Win2000 server (we currently
have a UNIX FreeBSD server).
First of all, I would like to let everyone know I am a
novice at working with SBS. We are a small company, less
than 20 employees. I have worked support for W2K Pro, CAD
software and related issues. So I am very familiar with
W2K set. I know server O/S is another animal. But I have
time to learn as I go as we are not in a hurry to get this
server up and going.
With that in mind, when we got the server in from DELL
(PowerEdge 1400 SC) we did not like the partition size for
the C drive. So we decided it best to reinstall the OS.
Using the Dell OpenManage "start here" CD, I began the
reinstall. The install seemded to go fine, at the first
reboot it said that there were some W2K files that needed
to be updated. So I stuck in our W2K CD. The reboot and
update seemed to go fine. The OS splash screen showed W2K
Server (not SBS). It then asked to put in the SBS CD to
complete the install. I did this and got this error
"This version cannot upgrade the installed version of
Microsoft Small Buisiness Server".
First of all the splash screen on restart is showing W2K
Server, not SBS, so SBS is not installed yet. Our W2K Pro
CD is an SP2 disc. The SBS disc is an SP1 disc. I have
installed Active Direcetory, set up server as a DNS
server, added users, two test computers (using a small
test network before deploying for the real thing), I can
log on, everything works. I can ping the other machines,
ping the server. However, I want to run the user upgrade
(add five clients) yet it says the upgrade disc is for
SBS, which is not installed. Yet installing SBS tells me
the version of SBS installed cannot be upgraded from my
How do I get the SBS install to complete so we are on SBS
instead of just plain W2K Server. Does anyone have an idea
on how to get the SBS install to complete? I called Dell,
then said that everything (from my description) on the
reinstall of the OS happened properly, except for the step
where it would not complete the SBS part of the install.
I am stuck. Anyone who can help this novice get through
this the rest is under control.
Thank you in advance to everyone who responds to this
Better By Design