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I want to move my DNS to a different box.. What would be the best pratice?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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If you have AD Integrated DNS on your 2003 server, then simply install the DNS Role on the 2008 R2 server and make sure you choose Active Directory Integrated, then it should pull a copy of the DNS on your 2003 server, wait 24-48 hours for it to replicate then uninstall DNS from the 2003 server.

Change any pointers in DHCP referencing the old DNS server to the new DNS server.
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Should I move DHCP as well. Bascially i have a Windows server 2003 with exchange, DHCP, and DNs on want to move everything to the 2008 box and just leave exchange on the 2003.
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You can move DHCP to the new server - see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962355

You can also move the FSMO roles http://www.elmajdal.net/win2k8/Transferring_FSMO_Roles_in_Windows_Server_2008.aspx

You will need to leave AD and Global Catalog on the 2003 Server otherwise Exchange will complain.
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It won't hurt.  Moving DHCP is a little more complicated.

There is a good guide for migrations which includes all you need to know about moving DHCP to another server which is worth a read:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2881-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Exchange-2010-and-Windows-2008-R2.html

Just ignore the other steps!
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by:decoded
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KCTS,

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DNS should stay on exchange?
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thank u
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