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Swapping out an old Windows 2003 Server with new one

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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I would like to retire an old server and replace it with a new one.  My question is what is the best way to do that?  The server in question is the second serverin a two server domain.  The primary server is a SBS 2003 and is the PDC.  Can I just backup the data and system state and restore that information back onto the new server or do I need to go through the promotion process?
Thanks for the help.
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Most Valuable Expert 2013
Most likely you will have far more headaches if you tried that (restore system state to new server) than if you just add the server as if it's a 3rd system in your network and then removed the other server.

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So after I join the domian with the new server I do DCPROMO with the old?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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IF you want to make it a domain controller, yes.  Then you DCPROMO down the 2nd server and remove it.


What is the proccess of removing the second server with out makeing its replacement the Domain Controller
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