replacing/upgrading server from 2000 to 2003

Posted on 2006-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm looking to upgrade the current server at my local animal shelter. I've a new server to go in and I would also like to migrate to 2k3 from 2k. Was wondering what the best way to proceed is? Can I build the new box as 2k3 and then migrate the data over? Or do I need to put it in as 2k, copy everything over and then upgrade?

Thanks for any assistance!
Question by:maxmonty
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi maxmonty,

    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


    you can also download here

    this boosts the schema up to cope with R2 functionality

    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;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, note if you have a fairly complex or Large DHCP scheme you may want to export and import the database
    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

    Author Comment

    Great! Thanks! One last question, once I've removed the old server, will I be able to rename the new one to the old name? Or will that cause problems?
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    Expert Comment

    as long as you have completely cleaned any ref of the old one then thats fine

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