Greetings to all,
I have just taken over the job of refreshing 4 Dell Servers running Server 2000 or Advanced Server 2000.
They are all running but the builds are 5 years old. I am planning to refresh them hardware and software wise. Here is the scenario: Server 1 is running Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, etc. It also has a SQL Database on it. (later for that info)
I do not have the option of taking the server down completely as it is being used. There are also disk space issues on the other servers. I was going to install a temporary server in the rack and use it in place of each one while I am rebuilding it.
I.E. Install the O.S and other apps, add it to the domain, run dcpromo on it to get a copy of Active Directory, copy the data
to the new drives, then run dcpromo to depromote the old server. At that point I can replace the drives in the old server with newer ones and install a fresh copy of Server 2000. Does this sound like a good way to do this or am I out of the ballpark. I have never done this before, I have only built new servers for new places. (Domains)
I need to refresh all 4 of these and I can use all the help/info that I can get. I am very nervous about screwing this up as people need to use these resources while I am refreshing. I am only afforded minimal downtime. Weekends, nights,
etc. However, if I can make the temporary server take the place of the one I am refreshing, it will make my life much easier as it will remove the pressure. That is my plan. The others servers will be next after I upgrade this one. Also, if anyone has any good links for info I am all ears. Thanks guys, you rule!