Installing replacement server

Posted on 2006-06-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

We have 2 servers running win2003 enterprise. They use DFS.  Server1 is the PDC with server 2 as a backup.

I now have 2 new servers - what is the best way to move the user accounts, dfs etc to the new servers, keeping the same names and eventually shutting down and removing the old ones?

Question by:nxmorg
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    Hi nxmorg,

    standard steps...

    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

    one you have removed your other DC's (after getting DFS up and running) you can then rename them to the old server names

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