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How do I join a Server 2003 machine to a Server 2003 Domain

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I have an existing Server 2003 machine. It is a DC of course with DNS and AD running. I want to add a new Server 2003 machine to it with the intent of moving all control and shares and data from the old Server 2003 to the new Server 2003 machine and getting rid of the old one altogether. What is the process for making the new server a member server and then transfering all control to it?
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Hi Inx3us,

you will need to run dcpromo on the new server and add as an additional domain in an already existing forest
make sure DNS is interated so it replicates accross to the new DC

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

Cheers!
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Inx3us,

i would also make new DC a global catalog under sites and services - are you planning on removing the old DC?
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As it is now DCPROMO does not work. Right now my new server is sitting there as part of a Workgroup (default). I have not added the server to the old/current server under ADUC. I need the step by step deal on this starting from 0. I already have 10 machines going through the current server and want to change as little on them as possible to make them work the same old way with the new server. I will be physically getting rid of the old server when all this is done. Let me know how and when to use DCPROMO /adv to copy over things like AD and DNS and whatever else.
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Inx3us,

aight add the new server to the domain under the computer properties

then run dcpromo and add in the server as the additional DC - allow for all replication to take place before you do anything else

you can rename the DC later on when you demote your old one - its a good idea to keep the old one around for redundancy if you have that option....

your also going to have to transfer DHCP roles and shares over to the new DC etc.. take it slow though allowing replication and making small changes at a time is a good way to decrease the chance of stuff ups
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I'll thank you in advance for your patience. I have been at this all day and can no longer think straight. I added the server as a computer in the current server ADUC. On which computer do I run DCPROMO? I've tried it on both and no go. In the current Server it wants to remove AD and in the new Server it asks for a User/Pass/Domain to which I have responded with the Admin U/P for the existing Server and put in the correct domain. What do the IP and DNS server options on the new server need to be set to if that makes an impact?
Again assume I am an idiot, especially because thats how I feel right now :)
Thanks.
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no no

dont run the dcpromo wizard on your existing server that will onyl try and remove the AD Database   bad news!!!!

you need to join your new server into the domain the same as you would a client, then you can run dcrpromo on it. make sure your TCPIP DNS settings point to the existing DC

lets get that going then we go again
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The way I join a client is to set them up as a user only in the current server ADUC then join the domain on the client pc and when i login next time there i am. If I do the same with the new Server when I login after joining the domain I am just a "user" on the new server with no access to the 'Administrative Tools' menu for things like ADUC, Services etc. Is that the way it should be?
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yes as it is only a server nothing more at the moment,

network ID wizard is a great tool to go with
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Ok, no dice. Every time I run dcpromo I am stopped after entering the User/Pass/Domain of an account with sufficient privledges to add AD to this computer. The error says 'An Active Domain Controller for the domain specified could not be contacted...'
Details reveal,

"The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource
record used to locate a domain controller for domain blahblah.com:
The error was: "DNS name does not exist."
(error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)
The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.blahblah.com
Common causes of this error include the following:
- The DNS SRV records required to locate a domain controller for the domain are not
registered in DNS. These records are registered with a DNS server automatically when a
domain controller is added to a domain. They are updated by the domain controller at set
intervals. This computer is configured to use DNS servers with following IP addresses:
192.168.210.3
- One or more of the following zones do not include delegation to its child zone:
blahblah.com
com. (the root zone)
For information about correcting this problem, click Help."
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can you ping the the domain controller by IP and Name?
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yes, pinged by ip and name
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excellent   and DNS is pointing towards the main DC    

what are you putting into DCPROMO? additional Domain Controller and then the correct Domain Name yes?
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by:Inx3us
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Well thank you for your help. I was unable to get it working and ran out of time so I took the plunge and created a new Domain on the new server. I will drop out of the current Domain and copy the users current profiles to "Default User" and have them join the new domain. Thanks for your effort.
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no worries, cheers :)
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