Reformatting and resintsalling on existing domain controller and exchange server
Posted on 2004-09-22
I have 2000 server domain controller which also hosts exchange 2000. It's in horrible shape, and is creating a lot of authentication problems for users.
I want to reformat it, add some extra scsi drives with another raid array to separate exchange from the OS drives. So what I'm figuring is the following, and I'm hoping for some input on ways to do this better or more efficiently.
1. Bring in another server install ad and exchange set it up to replicate with the PDC.
2. Once everything is replicated from AD and the Exchange Public folers, move the mailboxes over to the new server, and make the new server the pdc.
a. I then have to take down the original pdc, and change the ip address of the new server to the ip of the old one. (is that going to be a problem?) It's at this point users will actually connect to it.
3. Reformat and reinstall everything on the old PDC. (AD and Exchange).
4. Set up replication again and once AD and public folders are replicated make the old PDC the PDC again, and move exchange mailboxes over to it. Change the IP again and pray that everything works.
Is that about right? Am I missing anything noteworthy? Thanks.