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Rebuilding Domain Controller

I have the need to rebuild a DC and am trying to decide the best way to add the users to the new domain without having to re-install applications, move data, etc.  Is it possible to do this or is the only way to do a Remove old and Add newdomain.  I do not think that the Files and Transfer Settings will move applications... just data.  Thanks.
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Patmac951Commented:
When you say rebuild....is the old DC completely dead?  
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Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
No.  Just upgrading hardware and moving from SBS to Win2003 Standard.
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Patmac951Commented:
Ok so you are upgrading your existing domain controller to 2003? Or do you have a new 2003 server you want to add as another DC in your environment?  

If you have a new server and want to add it as another DC in your environment that is fairly easy.  Attach the new 2003 server to your exisiting network as a standalone server....then run a command called /forestprep on your existing Domain Controller.  Then finally run DCPROMO on the new 2003 server and all the settings from your exisiting DC will be replicated on the new DC.  
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reubstrCommented:
I may be wrong, but I don't think you can have more than 1 DC when using a SBS. I think it will be a little more complicated than that.

Perhaps a forest trust between the new server and the old (if new hardware is the case) and moving users. However, applications will not move the way you are wanting.

Also, if you are using things like Exchange on the SBS then you will have to purchase exchange server license and cals.
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Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
I currently have an old SBS server and am replacing it with a new Win2003 server.  The hardest part will be migrating the workstations and users to the new server and essentially a new domain.  This means all workstations will have to be added to the new domain and therefore all users applications, data, etc will be in a profile on the old domain.  I am trying to determine the best, least painful way to move them to the new server/domain without having to reinstall applications, etc.  Thanks.
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reubstrCommented:
... instructional from microsoft above.

This is a pretty good site also.

http://www.sbsmigration.com/
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