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Migrate Enterprise Server 2003 to Enterprise Server 2003

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Hello All,
I'm a green pea when it comes to migrations, so please bare with me.
Here is my scenario:
Existing Enterprise Server 2003 w/ AD installed and mainly being used as a file server.  DHCP is done through the router.  This server is in bad shape and I would like to migrate everything over to a new one.  

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Is the best way to do this by promoting and demoting the new and the old?  This is about the closest thing that I could find regarding this (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_22891289.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+2003+enterpris+migrat)
Would it be roughly the same procedure?  Is there an easier way to do this?

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They have an office located in a different state that I will not be able to get to and they are all authenticating through this particular server.  Down time will be throughout the night (no big deal), but when this migration is completed, will the existing users workstations still log in and see their same profiles just as before?  Or will their profiles on their workstations have to be copied over?

Just want to know if I'm even on the right track here so that I can test things out before I implement them.
Thanks in advance.........
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First thing to note is you don't need a new enteprise edition of windows 2003.You can use stnadard edition.Enterprise is for clustering,etc.But to have a normal DC you don't need a enteprise edition.
Not a good idea to have a file server on a DC unless its a must.
Q1.Install windows on the new server promote it to the DC .also install AD integrated DNS.No harm in having additional DNS servers.Follow the instructions mentioned in the Link.To move the data you can NTbackup(Best option) or robocopy with appropriate switches.
Q2 If you are not using the roaming profiles you don't need to worry about the profiles.Even if you are using roaming profiles its only on the server side that You need to make sure that every thing is done properly.Nothing needs to be done on the workstations
For moving the roaming profiles follow th instructions in the below link
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_2003_Active_Directory/Q_23079159.html
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Thanks for the info mboppe,

I understand that Enterprise is not needed in this particular setup, but these are the licenses that the client has already purchased.  Why, I have no idea.  Just wanted to make sure that I'm on the right track.  I will give it a shot and update shortly on how things turn out.
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mboppe,
I have setup a test environment with this same setup just to test everything out.  The whole migration works like a champ with only two issues when I both bring down the old DC and/or demote it completely.

Issue 1:  Mapped shares and drives don't show up.  I don't believe this is a big deal and they can be recreated if need be for each user, but just in case there is a solution............can I get around this?

Issue 2:  Seems that the same workstation hesitates a bit before it finally logs you in when running off the new server after the migration.  Yes, I did check and double check that the DNS was set correctly on the servers and at the router.  Am I missing something?  Or is this typical.  The delay is about 15 to 20.  Works fine again though when I bring the old server back up.

Other then that everything else seems ok..........?
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