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Windows 2003 Domain Migration to new Servers

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We are  running windows 2003 standard server on a older HPML150 server running as domain controller with 9 PCs local and 2 Pcs via watchguard branch office vpn. Single user setup hosted application on sql2000 SP3.

We have bought two new ML350 G5 servers with Dual Quad processors with 12Gb ram each One is these is to be new domain server and second to act as terminal server. We need to decide on whether to buy  Windows 2008 standard 64bit edition to utilize 12gb Ram otherwise standard 32bit will only see 4GB as we were advised, We also have been given options  to windows 2003 enterprise which supports over 4gb Ram also.

My question to all you experts is what to choose here since we would like to maintain domain name and structure intact and not have to redo all workstations setups  maintaining current profiles and what would be our best choice for operating system and how to handle domain migration or making replica of exisitng and promoting it to be dc. Will step by step directions please we have not done any windows 2008 setup thus the hesitation.
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Why not use SBS Prem 2008? It will require rejoining the PC's to the domain, but there ar eonly 9 of them locally and 2 remote so its not a hard job.

That way you will have Exchange, SQL, and a second server licence. Running SQL and TS on the one server should be fine with that amount of RAM and CPU performance and so few users.
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I would concur with the above. SBS 2008 Premium would be a much better investment. It offers better value for money by giving you integrated management tools, an Exchange Server as well as a second Windows Server 2008 Standard license for installing on the second server.

To answer your question more directly: you have no reason to purchase Server 2008 Enterprise Edition. The only time you would really consider that is if you were looking to configure a server cluster. As you will not be doing this, it would be an unnecessary expense.

Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition would suffice; install the 64-bit edition on both servers and you will have all 12GB RAM available.

-Matt
He is talking server 2003 enterprise (for extra ram), however why install an outdated OS? Its also more expensive.
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Server 2003 is a rock-solid Operating System. I would prefer to deploy 2008, but would have no issues deploying 2003 at this stage if I had no other option.

Either Server 2003 Enterprise 64-bit and Server 2008 Standard 64-bit would be sufficient for what you require. As I stated previously, Enterprise is overkill for your intended use; you will not be using the clustering capabilities, so there is no point spending at least twice the cost, if not more, on an Enterprise license.

If you were installing a 32-bit OS, you would have to go Enterprise. Server 2003/2008 Standard 32-bit is restricted to 4GB RAM in software. However, a 32-bit OS also hits the 32-bit CPU limitation on 4GB of RAM, meaning you would have to enable PAE to address more than 4GB.

Server 2003/2008 Standard 64-bit would be sufficient for your requirements - and much cheaper.

-Matt

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Thanks for clarifiying the Ram issue and operating system now on to my 2nd part of our  question as clarified below please comment.

We would like to maintain current domain name and structure intact and not have to redo all workstations setups  maintaining current profiles  and how to handle domain migration or making replica of exisitng domain and promoting it to be dc. Will step by step directions please we have not done any windows 2008 setup thus the hesitation.

1)Should we join exisitng domain and then promote the new server as DC and retire the old one if so please suggest step by step procedures.

2)Should we install in a fresh new  domain forest and just transfer using Active Directory Migration to transfer all existing account from original domain? and retire the old one if so please suggest step by step procedures.

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