I have 2 new servers running windows 2008 server I wish to be DC w/AD, and DHCP. I currently have 2 2k3 R2 servers running DC, AD, and DHCP.
My issue: I first attempted to dcpromo the 2k8 servers and demote the 2k3 servers, however, I encountered some issues with the 2k3 servers where I couldnt ADprep them (told me to transfer the schema master to the other DC It didnt recognize the server name Merging seems to be out of the question.).
What I would like to do is disconnect the 2k3 servers from the network (taking them off line) and configure the 2k8 servers as a new network, of course, keeping the same domain name (namespace). Ill change IP addresses and point all the other member servers to the new servers. I dont wish to merge anything from the old DCs. Ill create from scratch, but keep the scopes and domain name. I will probably have to reinstall the OS on the old 2k3 servers for they have DNS issues anyway so no great loss, however, there are two applications that are used by users that will now be inaccessible till I get it installed again&
My question is, can this be done without going through all the demoting, promoting and FSMO role transferring??? Will I encounter any issues?
Any help is appreciated