Please review this Server upgrade project plan and comment
Posted on 2011-02-18
Old Server= Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition 5.2 (build: 3790) Service Pack 2
CD AD FSharing
New Server=Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition ( New install - Packed)
No other servers are on the LAN
INTRODUCE NEW 2008 Standard R2 DOMAIN CONTROLLER (AD, DNS, DHCP, FS (file sharing not federated Services)) TO NETWORK
Promote as Primary AD DC DNS DHCP FS. TRANSFER ALL DATA TO NEW SERVER
Build out new AD controller (HSDCFS1) with Server 2008 R2
Install Service packs and security updates and CALS
Connect NEW Server to LAN and configure Static IP
Add Server to Domain
Install services (AD, DNS, DHCP, FS) build DHCP scope
Shake-N-Bake (let DNS cook)
Connect Unitrends Imaging Server and perform Image backup of 2003 Server.
DEPLOYMENT PROCESS Cont: Day 2
ADPREP 2003 Server ( to add Windows 2008-specific attributes to the schema)
Promote the 2008 Server as an additional Domain Controller
Transition FSMO roles from old 2003 server (SERVER01) to new 2008 server (HSDCFS1)
Change DHCP to have DNS point to new HSDCFS1
Update existing server to verify new DNS information.
Stop DHCP on ROUTER.
Start /Activate DHCP on new HSDCFS1 server.
Set all workstations for Dynamic IP
Reboot workstations again to get new addresses from new DHCP server.
DCPROMO SERVER01 to HSDCFS1
Migrate existing application specific file data (XCOPY, including file date stamps )
Verify data transfer / test data accessibility (Mappings)
POST INSTALLATION Tasks Remove the old server from the domain and shutdown box
Retire the hardware
Raise the functional level of the domain from 2003 to 2008.