Moving primary W2K DC to a new machine
Posted on 2006-04-17
I have two W2K DC's in a child domain, one is primary - containing DHCP, DNS, GC and the other is GC / Active dir only. The primary DC is aging and I want to purchase a new server. Is it best to purchase a new server, name it something else, promote to DC with DNS and DHCP then demote the old primary server, or is it better to send the server roles (DNS, DHCP) to the current secondary machine, demote the current primary and then purchase the new server and promote it? I don't think I can call it the same computer name but that should be ok. Would Schema still work properly?
I would also like the new server to be Windows 2003 if possible. Thanks for any suggestions