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Need advice about moving a Windows 2000 Server to new hardware that will be running Server 2003

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I have an HP server (true server hardware, raid, etc.) that has windows 2000 server running on it.  I have a new DELL server (again true server running raid, etc) that has windows 2003 server installed on it.  I want move from the 2000 server to the 2003 server and the following are my stipulations/details:

1.  Server name and IP address must remain the same
2.  Must migrate over all user accounts
3.  Must migrate all data
4.  Terminal services is currently being used and must be switched as well
5.  Downtime must be minimal (like a weekend)

My plan of attack is to upgrade the existing 2000 server to 2003 server using transitional licensing.  Then clone that upgraded installation to the new DELL server and perform a repair installation of windows.  Then install all new drivers that are needed and bring back online.

The only thing I am not familiar with is cloning raid hard drives.  I imagine I should image the old server through the network and place that image on the new server.

Based on what I have and my plan of attack, are there any suggestions or advice anyone can give me to make this procedure go smoothly?

Thanks in advance
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I wouldn't do that...

Why does the server name and IP need to remain the same?  This may be the only thing that's complicating your plan. Is tis a domain or a wrokgroup.

If it does have to remain the same, then you need a six step approach (I call them stages below)

Stage 1:
Setup a temporary server and migrate Active Directory to that.  This temporary server can be a virtual server.

Stage 2:
Migrate all data to the new server which would have a DIFFERENT Name and IP (for now).

Stage 3:
Demote and remove the old server

Stage 4:
Givve the new server the old server's IP and name (change it).

Stage 5:
Promote the the new server to be a DC, transfer DNS, DHCP, etc.

Stage 6:
Demote the temporary server and remove it.
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It is a domain controller.  They have a billing and accounting software that has been ported from a unix based system to run on windows and every terminal connects either to the name of the server or the ip address of the server. (it's a mixed environment).  I have done repair installations on windows xp serveral times successfully and one time successfully on a windows server 2003 domain controller.  So I know if can be done, but again just looking for advice to make it easier.

Thanks.
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Well, you can't do it here... (almost certainly).  The copy of 2003 that came with the server is almost certainly an OEM copy which will NOT do an upgrade.  So while you may be able to repair 2000, you couldn't get it to 2003 without using my procedure or possibly spending money on third party software I'm not familiar with.
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I read some time back in the past that microsoft has what are called transitional licenses that allow a server OS to be upgraded temporarily because it is getting moved.  So basically they give you an upgrade license that works for something like 30 days (I don't remember the time length) so that you can upgrade the 2000 server then you can transfer using whatever method you use.   So I figure that if the OS's are the same then the repair will work.

Thanks for your replies so far.  Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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