Server Upgrades - Potential Trip Hazards...
I am looking at upgrading a lot of hardware in coming days, weeks, months. When I say days, I refer to planning.
We currently run Windows 2000 as log on server, but also have a Windows 2008 Server running Exchange connected to the domain. I am looking at removing the Windows 2000 Server, and replacing with a W2K3 server or W2K8 RC2 server (unsure which at this moment in time).
I will be bulk exporting / importing the user accounts, moving data to a seperate file server (running xcacls and the likes).
What will be the best way to go about this implementation, unsure if to give the server the same name / IP and turn old off & new one on in the same day. Or possibly build the new one on a totally new domain and add all machine to the new domain (unsure of implications on Exchange here).
The aim is to start a fresh, lots of small issues causing a lot of grief - servers have been worked on by several ICT staff all adding their own "quirks" also are 6/7 years old.
Look forward to some helpful replies!