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Server 2000 migration to clean and pristine server 2003 in a 2000/2003 environment

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I am currently in the planning phase of upgrading a Windows 2000 server to 2003 and I am in need of some insight or best how to. Here is the current set up:
Server A (Domain Controller) Server 2003
Server B (Domain Controller) Server 2000 in need of removal- Home folders reside here as well as a number of shares..
Server C (Exchange 2003)

I want to totally replace server B with a new server running 2003 but I want to migrate everything over to the new server but I also want to keep Server B name on the new server. Any suggestions?
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Keeping the same name might be a bit messy but should be doable once you check your Event Logs for any errors as you go.  Two possibilities I can think of -

1. dcpromo ServerB to stop it being a DC, then disjoin from the domain altogether (join a workgroup).  Now name the new server the name of the old ServerB, join to the domain and dcpromo to make it a DC.  This should work though I'd leave time in between each stage for AD to make all the changes it needs, you don't want to be dcpromoing a server of the same name before the old one is completely gone.

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2. dcpromo ServerB to stop it being a DC.  Rename ServerB to something else.  Name the new server the old name of ServerB, join to domain and dcpromo.


I'd probably go with number 1 though there's no reason why 2 shouldn't work either.  The important thing is to be keeping an eye on Events as you do each stage, if there's a problem sort it out before moving on.
To copy the data over I'd using either xcopy or robocopy, both have a ability to copy over the ACLs (permissions) etc..  You'll have to set the shares up again, but that could all be prepared in advance, just with empty folders, then use xcopy/robocopy to fill those directories.
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