I am managing a small network (10 Windows XP Pro) with a Windows 2000 Server as the domain controller, and a Windows 2003 Server as a backup domain controller that hosts Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0.
Tomorrow, I am planning of migrating the domain to a small business server 2003 R2. Actually removing the w2k server and replacing it with the sbs machine.
I have read the MS whitepapers on how to do this. I need your hands-on experience on some questions:
PLEASE NOTE that I don't want to start a fresh domain, since this would interfere with MS Dynamics CRM and I would lose all the information. So please do not advise to start a fresh new domain, I need the migration.
a) I realised that the new domain (my current domain is named ITDEV) should have a different name (i.e. ITDEV2). Is this correct?
b) What will happen with the Windows 2003 Server with the CRM. Will it function on the new domain?
c) Have you got any other suggestions for removing the old W2K server without bothering too much with the domain and the business applications (especially the MS CRM)?
d) I am currently at the first stage of the setup of the SBS. Do I need to continue to the second part (setting up the AD, etc) before the migration?
e) I have read two solutions:
Which of those two methods do you propose for my case?
Thank you in advance