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Windows 2003 DC migration

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I am looking for guidance regarding the recreation of a Windows 2003 domain controller to new hardware. My present DC is becoming “flakey”. I also have a second DC; both DC’s are GC’s. I would like to build a replacement DC (off line) that will carry the same identity as the existing one (name and IP). Can anyone provide a procedure to do this?
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So for now we will call them DC1 and DC2, and DC1 is the "flakey" box

What box holds the FSMO roles?  If it is DC1 transfer them to DC2 while it is still up.

I'm assuming both DC1 and DC2 are DNS servers too.

Since DC1 is still up you can gracefully demote it using dcpromo and then change its IP and Hostname or if you want to remove that box from the domain you can do that oo.

The key is to make sure the old SRV/DNS records are removed and the hostname is not in use. Then you stand up the new box and name it the same and give it the old IP and then promote that box.

There was also a question about this on activedir  http://www.activedir.org/ListArchives/tabid/55/forumid/1/postid/42855/view/topic/Default.aspx

listmail is Joe Richards....I listen to what he says :)

Thanks

Mike
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Looks good Mkline71. Great info via the link too, thanks.
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