Upgrade server 2008 standard 32bit  to Server 2008 Enterprise R2 64 bit

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I need help, step by step on how to upgrading my current server 2008 standard 32 bit to a new server running server 2008 enterprise r2. I have already installed the 2008 r2 software on the new box . Can any body tell me what are the steps to do the migration and retire the old server or keep it as a bdc.

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Bob Giordano
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Is this a Domain controller?

What is the rest of your configuration like?
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Hi Alan
Yes this is the only domain in the network.
It is used for running apps for local and remote users especially are efile cabinet (paperless system.

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Bob
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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You cannot keep it as a BDC - BDCs don't exist.  If you would like to keep it as a DC that's fine.

First, join it to the domain as a member server.

If you want to make the new server a DC in your existing domain, I suggest you review the instructions here:
http://www.petri.co.il/prepare-for-server-2008-r2-domain-controller.htm

If you want to remove the old server (I'd keep it as a DC for redundancy), then you would need to run DCPROMO on it and demote it.  Otherwise, leave it as is.

If you want to transfer the FSMO roles, then do so following the instructions here:
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
(This link is for 2003, but if memory serves, the procedure is pretty much identical in 2008R2).

What you do next is entirely up to you/based on the software you're using.  No idea how to transfer efile.

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Would I have to give the new server a different domain name or can I keep the same domain name as the old server?

Thanks
Bob
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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What about the instructions I posted confuses you?

I stated: join it to the domain as a member server - you are familiar with these terms?  I checked your profile but you don't have it filled out - so I have NO IDEA of your skill level.  Based on your last post, I assume you have very little skill in working with servers and domains.  Is that true?  If so, I strongly advise you to hire someone qualified to do this.  If that's not the case, please provide a more descriptive response about what you are not understanding.

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Hi Leew
I have some basic knowledge, enough to do damage. I am mostlry a Database person. But Now I have to where all the IT hats. I shoot of the last comment by mistake. I will read through all the instructions and post anything I don't understand.
Thanks so much.
Best Regards
Bob

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