What steps do I need to take to add a w2k3 server to the domain reusing an existing server name?

We have a linux server that we are demoting named "fileserver". i want to copy all files to another server (w2k3) and rename that server "fileserver" then join it to the domain. do i just need to delete the previous "fileserver" computer account in AD, then join the new server named "fileserver"? cant i also, just right click the computer account a click "reset" then join it to the domain? any help would be appreciated.


we have so many custom apps/scripts that point to "fileserver" which is why i'm naming it wi the same name.


jason
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jasonfarmerAsked:
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itcozaCommented:
Hi Jason,

It would be better to remove the Linux server from the network and the AD before changing the name of the new 2k3 box to the same name.  Please note that the local computer SID will not be the same as the previous Linux box, so it would be prudent to delete the account from AD first.

Once you join the new server to the domain, it will seamlessly take the place of the old one as long as you have the same share structure and IP address.

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Maynard
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sirbountyCommented:
After the existing is demoted, check that it exists in Active Directory Users & Computers under the Computers OU - remove it from there.
Next remove it from AD Sites, and allow the changes to replicate - check two or three DCs before proceeding with the promotion of the new server...
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itcozaCommented:
I don't think the Linux server was a DC... :)
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jasonfarmerAuthor Commented:
the linux server is not a dc, so all i have to do is remove it from AD right?


thanks for the help guys...
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sirbountyCommented:
You said you were demoting it?

Perform the cleanup, and allow it to replicate then promote the new server...
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jasonfarmerAuthor Commented:
sorry, bad choice of words...the word i was looking for was "decommission"
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binary_1001010Commented:
yes, you can reomove it from AD if it is just a "server".
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itcozaCommented:
Once you have done the work... let us know how it went...  :)
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jasonfarmerAuthor Commented:
thanks guys... i'll try this when our new server comes in.
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