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Upgrading Windows 2000 A.S. to Windows 2003 Server on a new Box - Want to know how to keep the same PC name and IP

Posted on 2006-05-24
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Hello i have seen various questions and answers to this question but not a 100% fit to my question...

What I currently have is a Windows 2000 Advanced Server running active directory with a pc name of SERVER1 and an IP address of I bought a new server and I am going to load Windows 2003 Enterprise server on it. What i want to do is have this server named SERVER1 with the IP address of I am not sure how to accomplish this because I know I can’t have 2 computers with the same name and IP on the network.... I also think once you make the server part of active directory I don’t think i can change the computer name....

Let me see if this would be an option: Have my backup Windows 2003 server take up the role of the active directory, then demote SERVER1 running windows 2000 to just a server and rename the box and IP, then change the name of the windows 2003 server to SERVER1 and promote that server to a DC with the correct IP?

Does this sound like it would work? Or does anybody else have any other suggestions?


Question by:LibertyIMS
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1) Add the Windows 2003 as a member server of the current domain...as SERVER2.  (You may have to run forestprep and domainprep: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325379#2)

2) run DCPROMO on the Windows 2003 server to make this server a domain controller

3) Install the DNS service on the Windows 2003 server... and wait for replication to occur (check locally on the Windows 2003 server DNS console and make sure the DNS database gets replication.

4) Point your entire environment to point to the DNs server of your Windows 2003 server.

5) Enable the GC role on the new Windows 2003 server.  and remove the GC role from the Windows 2000

6) Transfer the FSMO roles to the new Windows 2003 server:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255690

7) Run DCPROMO on the windows 2000 server and choose remove this server as a domain controller.

8) Rename the Windows 2000 server to SERVERx

8) Rename the Windows 2003 server to SERVER1


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Oh so i can rename the Windows 2003 server after i run the DCPROMO and make it active directory?
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Great... thanks for the feedback I will give this all a try...

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