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Can I migrate from 2003 Server 32 bit to a new 2008 64 bit server. I have one server with 2003 that is 32 and the other with 2008 fresh hardware which is 64

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an I migrate from 2003 Server 32 bit to a new 2008 64 bit server. I have one server with 2003 that is 32 and the other with 2008 fresh hardware which is 64
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Justin Owens earned 1000 total points
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It depends on what software you are running on your 32 bit server.  Most apps will have a 64 bit version, and Windows 2008 64 can run most Windows 2003 32 bit apps, but at the end of the day, just check your vendor's compatibility listing.  If you want to post what your current 32 server does, you can, and we can give that list a look over for you.

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I am having a hell of a time with the migration of the AD..

Windows 2003 server is 32 bit
Windows 2008 server is 64 bit
I think I read somewhere where I can't migrate the AD because of it.
I am pulling my hair out

sobeservices2 on the im yahoo
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by:Justin Owens
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You didn't specify you wanted to migrate your AD from 2003 to 2008.

1) Create your 2008 server and join it to the domain.

2) Look at this article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733027%28WS.10%29.aspx

It has a breakdown of the steps needed to make your 2008 server an AD controller.

3) Upgrade your domain functional level to 2008:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754209%28WS.10%29.aspx

4) Transfer FSMO roles to the new DC

5) make sure replication is finished.

6) demote your 2003 server

7) redeploy 2003 server as needed in your organization

A more complete breakdown can be found at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731188%28WS.10%29.aspx
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I tried this pain in the ass went no where yuck.. But thanks.

I just demoted my windows 2003 server.
Then it freed up the option for me to use the same domain name on the windows 2008 server.

So I recreated the same domain on the new server and new active directory.
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