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upgrade from Windows server 2000 with sql server 2000 to Windows server 2003 Std with SQL server 2000 using the same name

I am replacing a server:  I have an old windows 2000 server running sql server 2000.  It is not a DC, no Exchange.  I am replacing it with a windows 2003 server std running sql server 2000.
I have 100 PCs connecting to the databases using ODBC.

I want to end up with the replacement server having the same name and ip address as the old one.  I want to have as little down time as possible.
I am hoping that once I get the new server on-line that the clients will see it and just work.
The server, database names, rights will be the same.

Is this going to work?
What is the best plan?

This is what I am planning:
After backing up and copying the databases off the old server.
Turn off the old server and delete it's computer account in the AD.
Name the new server to the same name as the old.
Join it to the domain.
Copy the database to the new server.
Attach the dabases with the same name.
Check the database rights.
Go on to the next project.


Bob C

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Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
Yes that works fine. Just did it not long ago.
I was a little more paranoid. My steps were:
1. Stage new server off network with same name and IP address.
2.Restore backup of DB's to new server.
3. Test that SQL could mount the DBs
4. Got happy becuse it actually worked
5. Stopped sql on old box
6. Got fresh copy of DBs copied to new box.
7. Disconnected NIC on old box
8. Removed account from AD
9. Connected new box to netwrok with correct IP
10. Joined to domain
11. Reboot
12. Said short prayer.

Whew! Go on to next project.

Might have missed a few minor steps and definately a few prayers in that list. :)
RRCaldwellAuthor Commented:
I will be doing this tomorrow night.


Bob C
Gary DewrellSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
How did it go Bob?
RRCaldwellAuthor Commented:
It did work.  Sorry I had not gotten back to you.
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