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DNS move from Windows 2000 server to Windows 2003 server

Hi experts!
I have an old Windows 2000 server that is still currently running DNS for my small office network.  I would like my new Windows 2003 server machine to run it instead since I want to decommission the old server entirely and remove it from the network.  What is the best way to go about doing this?  I don't have anything "special" to worry about.  I have a single domain network with a couple servers running files and exchange and that's about it.  Thanks!!

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Giuseppe "Pino" De FrancescoSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Is the current DNS AD integrated or a standard primary zone? Or they are more zones?
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thetraveler359Author Commented:
I believe standard primary zone, I didn't set it up so how do I tell?  
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omegamuellerCommented:
right click on the zone and click properties. it should tell you right there
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omegamuellerCommented:
The best way to migrate dns is to make the zone ad integrated and then bring up dns on the 2003 server. set all your machines to point to the new server wait a few days to make sure every thing works then unistall dns on the old server. If you need details please let me know.

gdefrancesco was headed in the right direction
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thetraveler359Author Commented:
AD-integrated
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Your probably running Active Directory integrated DNS....  This is the default.

To check right click your forward lookup zone, and choose properties...

Therefore, do this

1) Run DCPROMO on the new Windows 2003 server  Choose additional DC for existing domain.
2) After DCPROMO is done, add the DNS service (ADD/REMOVE programs... windows components)
3) go into the DNS console and verify that you can see your forward lookup zone and all your DNS records on this new server.  You may have to wait for replication to occur.  When using AD Integrated DNS, your DNS database is incorporated into Active Directory...and stored automatically on every DC.  
4) Point all clients and servers to use this new Windows 2003 DNS server.  Edit TCP/IP properties either through DHCP scope or manually to point all to the new server.
5) Remove the DNS service from the old DC  (Add/remove programs --> Windows Components...)

After DNS is migrated, you will still have to transfew any FSMO roles owned by the Windows 2000 DC.  To transfer roles, view this article:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=324801&product=winsvr2003

Also, you will have to remove the global catalog role from this windows 2000 server.  In addition, you will want to add the GC to the new Windows 2003 server:  http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/7b1c3e1c-ef32-4b8e-b4c4-e73910575f611033.mspx

After this is done, you can run DCPROMO on the Windows 2000 server to remove the DC role from this server.  Allow the wizard to complete and then you can remove the server from the domain.  Delete the computer account for the Windows 2000 DC in AD Users and Computers.
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thetraveler359Author Commented:
So there should be no issues with going from 2000 to 2003?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Oh...this domain currently, only has Windows 2000 DC's right now?  If this is true, you may consider doing an inplace upgrade to Windows 2003 on the Windows 2000 DC first... then do the steps listed..
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thetraveler359Author Commented:
No, I have upgraded AD to 2003.  I have 2 DC's that are 2003, the 2000 box is also a DC, but I guess I was concerned if there is anything DNS related that I should be aware of when moving the DNS from the 2000 machine to a 2003 machine.  The current 2000 machine is the only DNS box.
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thetraveler359Author Commented:
Thanks for the help!
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