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Upgrading from 32-Bit to 64-Bit

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I am building a new server with a 64-bit processor. My existing server acts as a File Server, Print Server, Domain Controller, and DNS Server and has Windows Server 2003 Standard installed. I basically want to transfer everything from the existing server to the new server including all settings. Is this possible? Can I restore the system state from the 32-bit server to the 64-bit server? If anyone can point to me to a good resource online that covers this topic that would be great. Thanks.
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It is being installed on a new machine to I guess "upgrade" was the wrong thing to call it. It is more of a replacement. How do I make the new server the primary domain?

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I found this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694. It confirms that in order to restore a system state, the hardware environment must be identical which it won't be. Thanks for your help.
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Good to hear.  Anyhow, if you still need help with the making the new server the primary DC, you will need to DC promo it.  Chances are the distribution of x64 you have is R2 (unless you have a select agreement).  In order for you to make it a DC, you will need to run /forestprep /domainprep from the second 2003 x64 CD.  Then you will be able to make it a DC.

Let me know if you still need a hand.

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It actually isn't R2. The original CD is Windows Server 2003 Standard and I just ordered the x64 version of that. Would it be the same steps though?
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If you just ordered the CD, then it will likely be shipped as Windows 2003 Server x64 R2.  In that case, you would have to do R2 /Forestprep and /Domainprep since your current forest is not R2.  x64 and x86 DCpromo procedures are the same.  One thing that comes to mind is the adminpak.msi is called wadminpak.msi on the CD. (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304718)
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