Distribution server migration

Hi fellow experts,

I have a question for you:

I have a SQL server that is used as a distribution server for all our replications. We have about 100 publishers and at least the same subscribers each with many articles. I want to move/migrate from this server, which is a  2k SQL server on an older box to a newer one with 2k5 SQL server.

Ist there an automated way to do this or do I have to do it manually for each publisher/subscriber?
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ZberteocAsked:
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chapmandewCommented:
is it possible that the new 2005 machine be named the same as the old 2000 machine ?  I am not sure there is a good way to do this, but it would make sense that you could stop all of your agents, backup and restore the dist. db to the new 2005 server, rename the old server to something else, and give the 2005 server the name of the older server.  I would think once everything is restore that the replication would now point to the 2005 machine.  Make sense?
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ZberteocAuthor Commented:
It surely makes sense , the problem is I've never done this and I need to make sure that it will work.

ANother question is if I stop the distibution on the old server for the move purpose what happens with the changes that happen to the publishing databases meanwhile? Will I need to restart the distribution on the new server by pushing a new snapshot for each publisher?
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chapmandewCommented:
You may need to reinitialize the publications...which kinda sucks.

Im not a server/hardware guy, so I can't say for sure for the rename.  I would think that it would work though. If you have some extra servers lying around, it might make sense to try to recreate the scenario first.
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ZberteocAuthor Commented:
I just found in Management Studio that if you right click on Replication folder and click on Generate Script it builds a script that pretty much looks like it will create all the distribution detailes if run on a different server but I am not sure. It would be way to simple just like that.

Does anybody know aboiut this?
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chapmandewCommented:
Is that what you ended up doing..the server rename?
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ZberteocAuthor Commented:
Not yet, we'll see about this as we haven't actually took the migration step yet. Thanks for your suggestions.
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chapmandewCommented:
Very welcome...
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