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Hi,

I want to replace an old fileserver who is also an domain controller in my Windows 2003 server Active Directory enviroment.
My old Fileserver is an Compaq ML530 (5 years old) with an HBA connected to the SAN for the data.
My new server is an HP DL360G5 Quad core. On this server I'll install an new HBA card for connection to the SAN so I don't have to copy all data, but... when I take out the old fileserver from the domain and install the new fileserver in to the domain I will lost all my Shares, Printer shares, and I have to setup all the directory/files rights again!
Does any one know how I can replace the fileserver/domain controller without setup all rights and shares again?

Regards,
Marco Badoux


When I replace an domaincontroller whit an nieuw Hp Dl 360 server all my shares, printers and directory and files rights are gone, is there a possibility to replace the domain controller where all rights
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Setup a second domain controller before you replace the first.  Transfer the FSMO roles and Global Catalog, and then demote the existing DC that you want to replace.  All your users and permissions will be preserved.  As for the file shares, you can back these up and import them into the new system (just make sure you use the same drive letters as you did on the old system).  Export the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Shares registry key and import it into the new server (You may also want to get the security key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Security
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Tx for your advice.

I have an second question: How can I test this on the new server?
Do you have more tips for me for replace my file server/domain controller?

Regards
Marco Badoux
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Best tip I can give you - TEST FIRST.

Best way to test:
download Virtual PC or VMWare and install a test domain on virtual machines.  No extra hardware needed and both products are free.
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Also, get yourself a TechNet Plus Direct subscription - You get two free calls to Microsoft Support plus unlimited "trials" of most Microsoft products for test and learning purposes. (full versions of the software with no  expiration date built in.)
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