Data migration renaming new server to old server - good idea?

Hi All,

Ive been tasked to migrate a user data share from a server 2000 machine to a newly built 2008 box. I have a script that will copy all the data, but i have been asked to complete the task by taking the old machine out of the domain and rename the new machine as the existing server. Is this a good idea? Im told they would prefer to keep the server named the same, but im thinking this may cause issues with DNS etc?

My steps will be:

1) I have added the new machine to the domain as server2.domain
2) After data is copied i will rename the existing server from server1.domain to serverold.domain
3) I will then rename the new server to server1.domain

Sound like a plan?
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If the servers have static IP addresses then there will be a DNS issue.

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You will probably want to modify this process slightly:
1. Change the membership of both computers from domain to workgroup.
2. Physically disconnect the computer from the network (since you can't have 2 computers with the same name or IP address at any time).
3. Change the names and IP addresses of both computers.
4. Check AD Computer and Users to ensure the computers neither computer exists as far as AD is concerned (otherwise problems might crop up when conducting the next step).
5. Reconnect the computers to the network and rejoin them to the domain.
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