Change out a Primary Domain Controller with a new server
Posted on 2010-11-30
We have a Windows domain network with 10 servers. All servers are running Windows 2003 standard. We have a primary domain controller and a backup domain controller. Our primary domain controller is 8 years old and we are planning to take it offline and replace it with another server. The new PDC will have Windows 2008 standard. We need some type of procedure to remove the current PDC and slip the new one in. Active directory and global policies are the primary concern and need to be somehow brought over to the new server. Data backup is not a problem as we will use our normal backup procedure to handle that task.
We have over 100 users on the network and cannot setup new profiles on each end user workstation. How can we put in a new domain controller and have it be recognizable to all the PCs on the network? We do plan to keep the local domain name the same and the server name will be identical to the one it is replacing. Aside from those obvious things, what else needs to be done.