troubleshooting Question

Domain Controller Renaming

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Windows NetworkingWindows Server 2003Active Directory
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I'll soon have to migrate a domain controller (which is NOT the primary DC) to another machine and would like to have it keep the same name as various scripts and file shares are using it.
It is a Windows 2003 Domain.

I've read the article there and it seems pretty easy :

but now, I've read on Experts Exchange a thread ( ) where it is said that you can not rename a domain controller without demoting it first, which is a problem since I would like my old domain controller replicate to the new domain controller before I rename the old one to DCOld, and the new one to the name the old domain controller was wearing. If I have to demote the both of them to do the rename, I will lose the result of my replications.

The Experts Exchange thread was written for a question based on Win2000, but it put me a doubt : who is right then ?

Any tip or advice and things to be careful  when renaming is especially welcome.

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