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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.
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you could also use Ghost or a similar product to image the server and dump it onto the new hardware.

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Hi
If you want to use back-up/image solution be sure that your server has same HDD controller/config
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Hello Guys,
I seized the FSMO roles of the primary domain controller from the secondary domain controller and disconnected the primary domain controller. i made that secondary my primary and that worked fine. Thank you for your ideas which guided me in the right direction.
well if you seized the roles and disconnected the primary domain controller then you might be up for some problems in future. you would also want to do a metadata cleanup as the other domain controllers would not know of this
check these:
http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498