This question is a bit complicated so I am awarding 500 points.
We have one server which is running our DNS, DHCP, Exchange 2003, and Server 2003 Standard. We also have roaming profiles with folder re-directions setup and all of those profiles are stored on the server on a data partition.
We recently just got a new server in which is a huge upgrade from our old one, we now have two quad core processors and 8GB of ram compared to a single dual core with 2GB of ram. However, I need to know how to transition everything over to this new server and what steps I should go in to make it as seamless as possible. It's inevitable that both servers will need to run at the same time for a while in order to migrate mail boxes and such from Exchange. On the new server, we will be installing Server 2008 Hyper V 64 Bit along with Exchange 2007 64 Bit and it will become our new file server for profiles and such.
My questions are the following:
What steps do I take to make it seamless and how to I go about it since we are not technically upgrading the old server but rather going to a brand new server.
How does AD know where the profiles are stored and how do I get all their profiles and docs over the new server and keep the path in the AD Objects. For example: User John Doe has his profile stored on \\example-server\data and now I move that folder aka his profile to the new server. How does AD know to look for that on the new server??
Sorry for being confused, this is new territory for me though!