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Upgrade Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 Domain on a new server

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We currently have a Windows 2000 domain... The hardware is old. I've just purchased a new server which runs Windows 2003 Server.I have prep'd the 2000 machine and joined the 2003 machine to the domain... What I'm asking is how do I go about unjoining the 2000 machine from the domain, and rename the new server to the same name as the old, and have it offer the same services.

I don't expect it to be simple.

Thanks,

Paul.
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You can rename a 2003 DC when your domain and forest functional levels are set to Windows 2003, meaning you can not have any 2000 DCs in your AD.
When you said you have prep'd 2000 and joined 2003 to domain, I assume that you have already done the first two steps:
-prepare your forest and domain for 2003 with 'adprep /forestprep' and 'adprep /domainprep'
-promote your 2003 to DC
-move the FSMO roles from 2000 DC to 2003 DC, do not forget to set the 2003 to be a Global Catalog Server:
  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_ADtransferRoles.asp
-demote your 2000 DC and remove it from the domain
-change your forest and domain functional levels to 2003
-rename your 2003 DC following the procedure in MS doc:
  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_ADmanage_renameDC.asp

After each step verify that your AD is working ok and possible replication has finished.

hope this helps
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Extremely helpful, Thankyou very much :D

Paul.
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