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    transfer a domain controller to new hardware

    Hi guys,

    I have the task of transferring a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller to a brand new server. Does anyone know of any good guides to follow?
    Also, the school has a volume license which enables us to use Windows Server 2008. The network only has Windows XP installed on all of the client computers. Would you upgrade the OS with the migration or is there no point?
    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    If I were you I'd set the new server up seperatly add it as a DC then demote the old server and promote the new one to have full control etc.

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    Dan beat me too it!!

    I would do it the way Dan said aswell. Makes life much easier, and after you can do a data transfer if needed.

    I would upgrade to 2008R2 if possible, but still keep your XP clients if you dont want to upgrade to W7 just yet!

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    That sounds too easy! There must be more to it than that?
    I'm trying to find a walkthrough from somewhere that will give me step by step method.

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    It's designed to be easy.


    Install Server 2008 R2 on new platform.
    Install DNS, DHCP (if required) etc
    Run DCPROMO to make it a domain controller
    Ensure DNS is replicating correctly and DHCP now points to new server for services.
    Transfer the FSMO roles
    Ensure FSMO info is being correctly registered on new server and in AD
    Wait a day (AD being the fickle beast it is at times)
    Check again
    Run DCPROMO on the old DC to demote it **This bit is very important, don't just remove it or else borkage will occur**
    Make coffee and sit back in the knowlege of a job jobbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgardner View Post
    That sounds too easy! There must be more to it than that?
    I'm trying to find a walkthrough from somewhere that will give me step by step method.
    Exactly as Dos_Box said, it's designed to be easy, it sounds like a mamoth task if you haven't done it before but it really isn't too trciky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    Exactly as Dos_Box said, it's designed to be easy, it sounds like a mamoth task if you haven't done it before but it really isn't too trciky.

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    Indeed, if you haven't done it before it sounds horribly complicated, but for many here it is just a routine task we have to do several times a year (promoting\demoting DC's), and the initial tasks, including transferring roles should take an experienced NM\techy no more than an hour so long as no problems occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Indeed, if you haven't done it before it sounds horribly complicated, but for many here it is just a routine task we have to do several times a year (promoting\demoting DC's), and the initial tasks, including transferring roles should take an experienced NM\techy no more than an hour so long as no problems occur.
    Correct, an hour and a few cups of coffee later and "jobs a good en" as they say! The worst part I find is waiting for the O/S and all other software to install, the change over is the easy bit.

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    Thanks for the fantastic response to this fellas. Transferring the FSMO roles, is that as straight forward as the rest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgardner View Post
    Thanks for the fantastic response to this fellas. Transferring the FSMO roles, is that as straight forward as the rest?
    Yep it sure is see below for some help docs!

    How to transfer FSMO in Windows 2008 DC
    How to view and transfer FSMO roles in Windows Server 2003

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    I'm going to try this in a test environment today.
    Does anyone know if it is possible to do this and ultimately keep the same server name?
    Thanks again.

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    No, you will need to use a seperate Server name or you will run into problems.

    Consider a simple naming system for your Servers, for example we use Server1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10............ if you already have that convention don't get dragged into the idea of calling them Server1a, Server2a as further down the line you will kick yourself, if your currently using this convention the best way I have found if you are going to remove the old Server from the equation is to call the new one Server01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    No, you will need to use a seperate Server name or you will run into problems.

    Consider a simple naming system for your Servers, for example we use Server1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10............ if you already have that convention don't get dragged into the idea of calling them Server1a, Server2a as further down the line you will kick yourself, if your currently using this convention the best way I have found if you are going to remove the old Server from the equation is to call the new one Server01.

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    That is also a good system for keeping tabs on which servers are the oldest!

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    Yep, sure is! I do have good ideas sometimes! ;-)

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    I call mine sgs-dc-001, sgs-sims-001 etc.. then if I have to move call server sgs-dc-01, sgs-sims-01

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