Replacing current servers with new server

Hi,
    I have a server in my company which I have to replace with new dell server. I want to make the data identical on the new server. There is too much information on Active Directory, which I want to transfer to the new server, is it possible or not ? if it is then how I can backup the active directory and then restore it on the new server. So far I have installed the 2003 OS on the server and made it primary domain controller  .

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi bugmemore,

can be done quite easily with a clean install of the new server

1) Promote your new machine as an additional domain controller in an already existing domain - this will allow AD to replicate to the new server
2) Make sure DNS is AD integrated on your old DC to allow all DNS replications also
3) Transfer the FSMO roles to the new server
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;255690
4) Make the new DC a Global Catalog under Sites and Services
5) Deactivate DHCP on the old DC (if used) and recreate the scope on the new DC
6) Run DCDIAG to make sure all is well and replication is fine
7) Demote the old DC if you dont intend to keep it as a backup
8) Recreate Shares etc on the new server
9) Reinstall printers and share them etc....

this will allow you to have the complete AD directory on the new DC and clients will barely be aware of any changes


Cheers!
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