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I currently have a Win2003 Standard Ed server as my DC with Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and Exchange 2003. I have a new Win2003 Standard Ed sever (new hardware) that I want to set up. I have installed Win2003 on the new machine, given it a new name and joined it to the domain. I want this new server to become the DC so I can eventually remove the old sever from service. I temporarily want to leave Exchange on the old server and move everything else to the new one. DNS and DHCP can be setup manually if needed, but what about AD? If I run dcpromo on the new server will it transfer all the users and login scripts? I have read other posts here about migrating, but I don't know if they are accurate for my situation.
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you can run dcpromo and promote this new server to a domain controller.
once its a DC, all the objects in AD ( user, comp, contacts etc will be replicated to the new server) if the Dns is AD integrated you can install dns on the new server thats all you need to Do.
as far as the FSMO roles are concerned you can transfer them to the new DC and yes you have to also make it a GC.
dhcp can be migrated using Dhcpexim.
thats about it.

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=324801  transfer FSMO roles.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325473

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Do I need to install the DNS service on the new server before I run dcpromo? Is the same true for transfering DHCP?
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you may do that.
but make sure that while promoting the server to a DC, its pointing to the existing DNS server.
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Thanks for the help.
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you are welcome,  thank you for the points.
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