Moving Active Directory

I currently have W2K3 server running with all services and E2K3 with AD on the same machine.

I keep reading that it is not a good idea to have AD and E2K3 on the same machine, so am considering purchasing a seperate machine to act as AD and File server, leaving my present machine to be Print server, AV Server and E2K3.

How do I move AD?

Do I have to move DNS and DHCP?

Is this setup OK?

Any advice please!!
LVL 2
alanheatonAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

CadefassettCommented:
Hi alanheaton,
How many users do you have?  For a relatively small setup, you can run AD and Exchange on the same machine without any problems.  In fact, this is what Microsoft Small Business Server does.  It puts Exchange, AD, etc. all on one server, and is designed for small offices.  I have a server at my office that only serves a group of about 30 people, and with AD and Exchange on the same box, we have never had any problems.  

Cheers!
valiconCommented:
It can be a security issue to have Exchange on a DC.  There are two schools of thought on that one.  I prefer to have it run on a server that is not a DC. To move AD is easy, install Windows 2003 server on your new server and then dcpromo it to a DC. The dcpromo process will make it a DC and install a copy a AD on that machine.  You will also have to move the FSMO roles from the other DC to the new DC.
alanheatonAuthor Commented:
My server supports 12 users.

How do you 'dcpromo'? and sorry but what is FSMO roles
Introduction to R

R is considered the predominant language for data scientist and statisticians. Learn how to use R for your own data science projects.

valiconCommented:
Take a look here and it will guide you step by step in creating a DC:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324753

NOTE:  On Step #4 instead of choosing 'Domain Controller for new domain' you will choose 'Add a Domain Controller to an existing domain' as you already have an existing domain.

As far as FSMO roles go see the following:

http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=324801&product=winsvr2003

**You want to transfer the FSMO roles not seize them.

Also, if you are not already, I would use Active Directory Integrated zones for DNS. I would also move DHCP to your 'new' server as well.  Good Luck!  :)
rindiCommented:
If this is a SBS server you are using, then you'll have to leave AD on it. But using an extra server (this can't be of the SBS type, it must be a "normal" 2003 server type) and setting this up as a DC on your current domain will give you a backup system for AD.
alanheatonAuthor Commented:
No it is a normal Server 2003 Installation.

The only reason I am thinking of moving AD is that when it restarts it will restart in minutes not 15.

I Just want to know how easy it is and I dont want to mess everything up that I have running at the minute because it is running SWEET
valiconCommented:
As long as you plan it out and follow step by step the info in the links you will be okay. As always just make sure you have a good full and RECENT backup just in case.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2003

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.