We are setting up a new server as we replace some old servers not managed by us. Therefore the network managed by another provider which currently has two servers and a set of PC's.
We have already received the new server and plugged it into the network. We have a date set soon for when we have to switch over networks (Therefore remove the old servers and PC's and put the new ones in properly)
I want to set up the new server as much as I possibly can without causing any problems on the existing network.
The new Server is Windows 2008 (existing servers Windows Server 2003). I of course will not setup the DHCP server role until required. Old PC's Windows XP, new Windows 7.
1) Can I start creating a domain on the new server without having any impact on existing network?
2) Can I start getting the new PC's to join the domain of the new server without affecting that of the old?
3) Is there any other considerations I need to make with regard to this?
Essentially I want to do as much as I possibly can before the actual go live date so that weekend of change over can go as smoothly as possible.
Thanks in advance.