Preperation Question - Replacing a Win2k3 server - Then demote old server

Posted on 2006-06-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
This question has probably been answered over a hundred times but I am too busy to search it out right now. It has been 3 years since I set up and I can't remember now.
This is my existing setup.
Win2k3 Domain in mixed mode. AD,DNS and WINS all presently running on the existing 2k3 server. Exchange 5.5 running on a Win2k member server also running DNS and WINS. I will be adding a new DC running win2k3. What preperations are needed? DCPROMO only at the time of installation? Will I have naming issues after I demote the old server? For instance right now I have "server and serverb" I will call the new one "serverc" and rename to "server" once it is demoted and shut down. Will there be issues?  Another thing IP address's I would like the new to retain the original address so it doesn't frig up my trusts.
Question by:Fraser_Admin
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    Hi Fraser_Admin,

    with windows 2003 R2 (release 2) you will need to run the adprep tools from the second cd supplied in the 2 cd set!


    you can also download here

    this boosts the schema up to cope with R2 functionality

    if not R2 then DCPROMO away!
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    when you are ready to rename, make sure to move any FSMO roles that are on the "old" serverbefore you demote it, that way you can decide which server they will go to.

    Good Luck,

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