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Microsoft 2003 Server Cluster File and Print Server Change AD Domain

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Hi:

We have a single node MS 2003 Server Cluster (will soon be 2 nodes) that needs to have it's AD domain name changed.  How simple / hard of a task is this and has anyone done this before?  Is it as simple as changing the nodes' domain membership (really dont' think so :-) ).  Any help on this would be appreciated.  This cluster is serving File and Print shares only, no SQL or Exchange, etc.

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Presumably the existing "single node cluster" is configured as an AD.
Are there workstation depending on this AD?  Are the file shares and printers listed in an AD or using DFS?

What is preventing the transfer of the existing files/printer services to the New node in the new AD?  Then reconfigre the existing system for the new AD.

Unfortunately, you did not include enough detail.
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yes, part of an ad that will be moving to a new ad.  If we "decommission" the cluster from the AD will we loose our SCSI cluster drives if we rebuild
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Before trying anything make sure to make complete backups.

You have a single node cluster on an AD that you need to retire.
Configure the new (second node) as a single cluster node on the new AD.  Copy the data from the old AD to the new Cluster node local drive.
Migrate the data and the workstations from the old AD to the new AD (fileshares,printers, etc).  Once tha old AD sinlge cluster node is no longer needed reconfigure it as a member of the new AD.  Detach the SCSI drives from the old and attach it to the old.  copy the data from the local drive on the new single node cluster to the SCSI cluster drive.  Configure the cluster SCSI drive to shift with the cluster ip/service.  Attach the former as a second node. and the transition should be complete.

 Another option is to make sure that the SCSI cluster drives have permissions from both AD domains.  Using the Everyone group might not be enough.

You never mentioned what makes up the scsi cluster drives.  Are these SAN, NAS, direct attached scsi devices etc.
 
 
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