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I have a W2K Server and want to move to a W2003 Server

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I have a Windows 2000 Server running as DHCP, DNS, AD domain controller.  I want to move to a new 2003 Server.  Can I connect the new server to the domain, do a replication to the new server and then, promote the new server to a DC and somehow tell it to start providing DHCP addresses, AD and all, and have everything work or are there issues I should be aware of and problems making this work?  I am ultimately going to shut off the old server.  Do I need to upgrade the old server to 2003 first, before I do anything else?
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If budget allows it, I will use shadow protect to migrate the old server to the new server. shadow protect will take care of the heterogeneous hardware.  Hostname, etc will stay the same. There is a special steps in shadow protect kb to do because your server has AD on it.

then upgrade to win2003
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Is there a full set of steps that one ( I ) would take to ensure complete data migration and the proper setup of the Servers?  I need the Primary 200 DC to move to the new 2003 box and I will be removing a second old 2000 DC and creating a new backup DC also on W2003 Standard.  Is there a step by step guide documenting all the steps without all the stuff that in my case is not critical to know exactly at this minute?  I know somebody has had to have done this already and I would rather the right way verses all the pain and suffering that so many have gone through - Please !
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by:ryansoto
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First image the original machine.
Stick the 2nd disk of the windows 2003 cd set into the win2k server.  run adprep/forest prep.
This will upgrade the win2k schema to allow for a win2k3 domain controller
Now add a second domain controller per this article
http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_replica_on_windows_2003.htm
Transfer fsmo roles from old server to new server
Decommission the old machine if desired or upgrade it to win2k3 if going to further use it
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