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replace 2003 member server with same name

We have a member server called FILESERVER, it's 2003 Storage Edition and is used for shared fiels only.

We have a replacement server ready to go but are unsure as to what problems we may face. Ideally we want to copy everything across (with permissions), then down the old server, rename the new one FILESERVER, then re-set up the shares.

Should this be possible without any problems?
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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
Shouldn't be an issue.  Remember to either configure the new machine with the same IP configuration after powering down the old, or else ensure that DNS is updated correctly so that clients aren't still attempting to access the old IP address.

Depending on the # of shares that need to be re-configured, you can look at the File Server Migration Toolkit to automate the process: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/10/UtilitySpotlight/?loc=en
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Network_Data_SupportCommented:
yes they should not be a problem with that as laura says just make sure that DNS is all correct. i would probaly rename the old server first and then rename the new one, or delete it out of AD as you wont beable to name the server the same because it already exsists.  just check DNS is pointing to the right server
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PapaSmurfAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, split points
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Network_Data_SupportCommented:
no worries
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