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Hello,
Currently, I have a small network. My primary server is 64bit Windows 2003. I need to take this server offline. So, I ran dcpromo and gave another server AD. Now, I have two servers with AD. Before I take my primary server offline, is there something else I need to do so that it is the master?

My eventual goal is to format my primary server and then load Windows 2008 server onto it fresh. I will also be adding more drives with RAID.

What is the best way to transfer AD to a new computer, and remove an old server? (Besides DNS and DHCP).

Thanks,
John
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I assume you transferred all the fsmo roles? to the win2k8 server
If not here are th steps (yes it still applies even though its a win2k3 article)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801

Once AD has replicated DNS and DHCP you can then uninstall the services from the existing machine and then just do a shut down for say 24-48 hours and verify the domain still functions properly.  Once done then power back on a dcpromo
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No, like I mentioned, setting up the 2008 Server is my goal. Until then, I need to transfer roles to another windows 2003 server and take the machine I will be upgrading offline. I will still have a 2003 server with AD until I get the 2008 server back on the network. Once it is on the network, I will add AD to it and make it the primary master again. I will look at your link. Any help on making this a smooth transfer will be appreciated. I tried this once before a long time ago and I messed up by deleting a server when i should have removed its role and a few other things. I wound up starting the domain all over again because I could not fix the errors I introduced.
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PS: Once I transfer roles, what is the best way to remove a server from AD?
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First transfer roles to another server
Install services on other machine that will be the 'primary' server such as DHCP and DNS
Wait about 30 minutes and check in the event log that replication happened.  DNS and DHCP and other services will copy that data from old server to new server
Also make the new machine a global catalog
On machine that is to be decommissioned uninstall the services such as DNS and DHCP.  Then power the machien down and verify all still works OK.  If all turns out of then run a dcpromo on the old machine and your done.  DCpromo will remove the server from active directory.
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More detailed steps can be found here - but the steps I listed above will suit you fine

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23582593.html?cid=238#a22052519
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Thanks. I appreciate it.
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