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remove schema master to create test environment for 2003 server upgrade


I have a domain with 2 DC's in it running windows 2000, I have been told to to upgrade this enviroment to 2003, my manager has stated that he believes that we should remove the dc that has the schema master role from the domain, create a seperate test enviroment and try a 2003 upgrade and domain rename as a test and then and put it back into the production network. My concern there is that is that is something goes wrong we would need to restore completely.

Also that this stage I don't know how long we would have this schema in a test enviroment for, there are no planned changes to the schema planned for the production network before the 2003 upgrade, but can we make the remaining dc in prod sieze the schema master role if orginal DC schema master has been removed from the nework ?

wouldn't we be better to backup the system state on that server and restore it to another test server that is not part of the production network.

can anyone advise what would be best practice in this instance ?
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Ignore your boss (does he have pointy hair?) if you do that you are likely to make a nasty mess of your domain. Why would you want to rename your domain anyway?

The correct procedure for upgrading a domain to Windows 2003 is held in the Readme files on the root of the W2k CD and in the \DOC folder.
I just answered an almost identical question here for another user:


To create a test environment it is indeed FAR better to backup the system state on your schema master and restore it elsewhere - making sure of course that the new test system is NEVER connected to the production system, or you will make another nasty mess.

there are several articles on EE about renaming domains, just do a search for domain rename - if you still want to do it!


tobin_daxAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that, I was pretty sure I was on the right, just good to know that others agree. we need to rename the domain as the company name has changed and we are going to adding additional domain from other businesses that make up the company.
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