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Adding a Windows 2003 server to a domain and demoting the existing NT 4.0 PDC

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I currently have a windows NT 4.0 Domain Controller, I recently bought a Windows 2003 server and I want to add it to the existing domain and then promote it to the PDC and demote the existing NT server.


What is the safest way of doing this?

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the bset way to do this is get a temp "server" install NT on it as a PDC with the latest SP,the upgrade this to Win2k3 with AD (make certain has compatible hw), then add your new server to the domain and run DCPROMO, transfer the FSMO roles and demote the temp server to a member server, shut down the NT server, remove the temp server from the domain and convert the domain from mixed mode to 2003.
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