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I'm getting a brand new server 2008 box.  I currently have one primary domain controller (server 2003) acting as logon server, file server, print server.  What is the best way to move everything to the new box and shut down the old box.  The last time I did it manually from 2000 to 2003.  This involved re-creating all the users, disjoining machines from the old server and joining to the new, and copying files.  It was time consuming involved downtime etc...

I know there must be a way to do this automatically.  How do I do this....where do I find the documentation, etc....

Thanks.

John
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here is a step by step guide on migrating from 2003 to 2008 including fsmo roles etc

http://www.techieshelp.com/upgrade-2003-domain-to-server-2008/
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Rick,  I took the question a little different,  I took it as adding a 2008 DC to the current domain.

If you want to do this take a look at this question I helped with

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_26358376.html

Two points (one major and one minor)

Always try to have at least two DCs in any domain (major)

I'd look at going to 2008 R2 at this point (minor)

Thanks

Mike
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Currently the domain has only 1 server - I was planning to keep it that way but from what your saying it would be easier to add the new to the old and then demote the old?  This is a small location about 30 machines mostly as logon, file and print server.  This is a cash strapped non-profit and I am really planning to use the old in another location with no server - so shutting down the old one is important.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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