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Transfer server

I have a server I Need to take offsite for testing, but I need to put a server in its place because it may never come back, I dont want to reset up the domain, so I would like to transfer all the server roles to another server I will be installing.  I will make this server a domain controller but I want to makesure to transfer every single server role.  can some give me step by step instructions on how to tranfer all the server roles ?
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Hi focusen,

Standard answer for this scenario

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

**Note - If introducing a 2003 R2 Server into the network as a DC you will need to run the ADPREP tools from the second cd
provided - this extends the schema to cope with R2 Capabilities

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
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....
10) Take over any DHCP roles that you may have on the old DC

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


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