Windows 2003 domain controller move

Posted on 2006-06-27
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I have a 2003 server standard domain controller stand alone primary. I want to move it to another machine and take it off line keeping the name of the new machine. for example the old machine is machineA I want the new machine to be the PDC and be machineA. I have requested paperwork from microsoft but could find now articles on how to do this. Can someone point me toward support documents on how to move a domain controller to a new machine in server 2003 while maintiaining the domain controller name.

Question by:arahming
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Dcpromo the new box
dcpromo the old box down to a normal server then remove
rename the new box to old name.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You can just install it fresh with a new name, then rename it - see:
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Pber earned 1200 total points
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Sorry missed a set

Dcpromo the new box
Transfer all FSMO roles to new box
dcpromo the old box down to a normal server then remove
rename the new box to old name.
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Jay_Jay70 earned 400 total points
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usually best to recreate the host record for your server in DNS as well if you rename a DC......

so that you understand how to move FSMO Roles

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