Decommission Existing NT Server-based WINS Server and Add New 2003-based WINS Server With Same IP Address
Posted on 2007-11-30
We are currently running a Windows NT Server with WINS, IP address of 172.17.33.3. It is the only machine left in our company in our old domain, we'll call it "domain_old." We want to decommission this server since WINS is its only function and we no longer need the domain_old domain.
We also have a Windows 2000 Server running WINS, IP address of 172.17.33.36, in "domain_new." Both WINS servers are using push/pull replication with each other.
All of our client PCs (virtually all are Windows XP Professional - approximately 250) are hard-coded to point to IP address 172.17.33.3 for the WINS server (in each PC's Local Area Connection properties). Since we don't use group policy yet, we don't want to go to each client PC and change the WINS server IP address to 172.17.33.36.
So what I'd like to do is take our 172.17.33.3 NT server offline, install WINS on another member server of "domain_new" and change its IP address to 172.17.33.3. This member server is running Microsoft Server 2003 Standard R2 SP1. I would think I could set up a new replication with the .36 WINS server and everything would run as normal.
Does anyone think this is a good idea? Is there a better way to go about doing this? I read about removing WINS altogether from our domain but according to Microsoft, it's still needed for certain tasks. If it's of any relevance, we're running Microsoft Exchange Server EE 2003 and 2000 Active Directory on the domain_new domain.