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Migrate 2003 DC/DNS/File Server to 2008 Server Std

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Hi I have a Win2003 Std Server which is a DC/dns/dhcp and file server, and is also the Exchange 2003 Std.
I have puchased a new server and would like to migrate the DC from 2003 to this new 2008 Server x32bit
I have not worked with 2008 before and hence not sure where to start... have heard to run adprep on the 2003 Server
I have installed and patched up the 2008 Server, and its ready to go with DC Promo...
any steps I should take?
ideally, whatr we want is for the new 2008 DC to handle all logins by users, shared drives, user files, dns, dhcp,
the old 2003 server will still be working as the 2003 Exchange Server


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by:Henrik Johansson
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As you have Exchange on the DC, you nead to migrate that to another server before demoting it.

To get the Windows Server 2008 up and running as DC, join it to the domain.
Before running dcpromo on the Windows Server 2008, you nead to run adprep/forestprep and adprep/domainprep on the DC by using the adprep command found on Windows Server 2008 media. It's important that you're running the correct version of adprep

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/fr/library/aa923ebf-de47-494b-a60a-9fce083d2f691036.mspx?mfr=true
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by:nutekconsultants
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I am planning on leaving the Exchange 2003 running on the DC the 2003 DC
so I do not need to demote it then right?
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Henrik Johansson earned 90 total points
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Yes, it's always good to have multiple DCs for redundancy and 2003 and 2008 can cooperate as DCs in same domain.

I understood the initial question as you wanted to demote the old server when you said you wanted to migrate from it, but that will as said not be possibly as long as you have Exchange running on the server. It's not recommended to have Exchange running on a DC and you should instead try to migrate Exchange away to a member server running Server 2003, but that's another problem than getting the new server up and running as DC...
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worked perfect
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