New Domain Controller Win 2000 Sp4 and Printers

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I need to Install a new Domain Controller to replace an existing old Domain Controller. Operating System is Win2000 Server Sp4,  this will be the OS on both Servers. I persume the steps involved are Setup my new server then add to to the domain and run dcprom. Then setup dhcp and wins. Also i have about 15 printers/ print queues on the old server i need transferd across to the new server is this possible or do i have to setup these printers from scrath. Any help or information you can give would appreciate it.

Question by:tommysimon
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    Accepted Solution

    Have a look at this Migrating Printer in W2K.

    If you are to replace the old server, make sure you transfer the FSMO roles and make it a GC!!!
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    Do you really need WINS? DNS should be all that you need. You can have two servers with the same mappings.

    Then to make life easier on you, so you don't have to re-map all the printers in your organization, use this in your login script

    rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n \\servername\printer name

    This will remove the printers:

    RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /dn /n \\servername\printer name.

    But before you run DCpromo on the old server and demote it to a member server be sure you make the new DC a Global catalog. (GC) It will require a reboot.

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    Do not forget that if you are going to replace the existing DC you will need to transfer the FSMO roles - see and make the new machine a Global Catalog server - go to Administrative Tools, Active Directory Sites and Services, Expand ,Sites, Default first site and Servers. Right click on the new server and select properties and tick the Global Catalog checkbox. (Global catalog is essential for logon as it needs to be queried to establish Universal Group Membership)

    Also do not forget that the DHCP scopes will need to be activated and the DHCP servers authorized.

    All clients (and indeed  the new domain controllers itself) need to have their Preferred DNS server set to new controller


    Author Comment

    Hi Guys just discovered that the new server is running Windows Sever 2003 R2 Enerprise Edition so do the same procedure follow ie dcpomo etc and will the migration of the pinters be run in the same manner as describe above. All advice welcome. Thank you.


    Author Comment

    Thanks again for all your help

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