Scenario: We have a network with one primary domain controller and two secondary domain controllers. Primary is located at location "one" and the secondaries are located at location "two" and "three" respectively. Location "one" "two" and "three" are 2 miles apart from each other and they are connected with fiber.
Problem: Lately we had been observing some problems with the primary domain controller(windows 2003 server). We had to reboot it for maintenance and it takes about 30 min to come up. The server is an old machine and i am suspecting that the hardware is going bad.
Question: How to replace the primary domain controller without disturbing the other components in the network. I want to remove the old server and plug in the new server with the same info on the old one. example: the same ip,name,etc.