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Server 2000 AD DC to Server 2008 setup process

Greetings, Experts.

We currently have 2 servers: a Win2k Server on an OLD server that functions as a Domain Controller and Active Directory and a NEW Win2k8 Server (R1) that is currently attached to our existing DNS as a client (This setup was done a while back). Both servers are connected to a Linksys SRW248G4 48 port Gigabit switch, which is connected to the router. Currently, our Win2k server is running critical proprietary company applications for our production floor so any bad changes to the domain would halt major production.

What we would like to do is setup the Win2k8 server to take over as the new Domain Controller and Active Directory and demote our existing Win2k server as our email server, then transfer files over from our old to the new server.

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- To ensure the safety of our production floor we would like to setup the Win2k8 server on a **new domain**. We considered adding the Win2k8 server as an additional DC on the existing network, but have researched other people's Win2k servers going down when they attempt to add a Win2k8 server on an existing Win2k domain, and we do not want to take that chance.
- We have already tried (dcpromo) on Win2k8 but get stuck on the screen requiring us to setup a static IP address. Currently our new Win2k8 server is setup to automatically determine IP address. When we change the settings to static IP address, the server does not accept the changes and deletes our changes, going back to the setting "Automatically determine IP address". We think this is because we are already connected to the network as a client on our Win2k server or something else.
- We are unfamiliar with setting up an IPv6 address and were wondering if IPv6 affects -dcpromo setup.


Links to tools and articles are much appreciated.
Windows 2000Windows Server 2008

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alanhardisty,

I looked through the resource guide you provided and came up with a few issues: first, we would like to create a new domain entirely for the Win2k8 server but the resource guide seems to be pointing to adding the Win2k8 server as an (additional domain controller).

I found this resource: http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-server-2008/step-by-step-guide-for-windows-server-2008-domain-controller-and-dns-server-setup/

The above resource closely matches what we wish to do, but we get stuck on the instruction "If you don’t have static ip assigned to your server you will see similar to the following screen now you need to assign static ip and start the above process." We wanted to choose the option: ("No, I will assign static IP address to all physical network adapters")

We do not get the "A delegation for this server...do you want to continue?" message box.

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Both servers are connected to a Linksys SRW248G4 48 port Gigabit switch, which is connected to the router.

Old Server: Customized server with Win2k Server sp4
New Server: Dell PowerEdge R710 with Win2k8 Server R1

We have tried logging is as Administrator when the machine is connected to the DNS, and we have tried removing the server from the DNS (while still connected to the switch).

We have tried configuring the Win2k8 server's IP address to an address that is not being used, but the server does not accept the static IP changes, only reverts back to the "Automatically determine IP address" setting.
Alan Hardisty

No problems - You mention that you are going to demote your 2K server to be your email server - are you running Exchange at the moment?
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We are not running exchange at the moment.
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In that case, just build your domain, use Active Directory Migration Tool v3.1 and migrate your Active Directory across to the new server.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AE279D01-7DCA-413C-A9D2-B42DFB746059&displaylang=en
Alternatively, join the 2k8 server to the 2000 domain (make sure Windows 2000 SP4 is installed), then run the following on the 2k server:
adprep /forestprep
adprep /domainprep
Then run DCPROMO on the 2k8 box and then on the 2k box and rename the 2008 domain.
http://www.shariqsheikh.com/blog/index.php/200804/how-to-rename-a-windows-server-2008-domain/ 
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abhijitwaikar:

Partially good news: I tried your method and it stuck. When I type ipconfig /all or netsh interface ip show config, I see the changes were made. I even saw DHCP was disabled.

Unfortunately, Windows 2k8 itself doesn't show the settings, nor does it take any changes. Upon first view, it still said "Obtain an IP Adress Automatically". I clicked the "Use the following IP Address" and put the new IP settings into the fields. It didn't take the settings, reverting back to Obtain and IP address automatically.

alanhardisty:

I will give your recommendations a try.
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Ok,

Reinstalled the Win2k8 OS, and made it 64bit as our server supports 64 bit.
Changed the IP and it stuck properly in both Windows and command prompt.

Now is the time to setup the server properly.
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We have the server installed properly, DC and AD seems to be ok, but we are unable to connect a client.
Alan Hardisty

What are the clients pointing to for DNS?
They should be pointing to the server.  If not, change the IP / DHCP / DNS settings accordingly and then try again.
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