Replace Server 2003 Domain Controller with Server 2008
Posted on 2011-10-10
Current Local Network Setup = Server 2003 Standard 32 bit File Server (our one and only Server on the Network) acting as the sole Domain Controller and managing Active Directory, DHCP, DNS. No Exchange.
15 user/Computer Network.
I need to replace the 2003 Standard File Server (remove from the Network) with a new Server 2008 Standard 64bit and have this new Server 2008 Server act as the Sole Domain Controller managing Active directory, DHCP, and DNS.
There appears to be specfic steps that need to be taken to "demote" and "promote" Domain Controllers within a Network.
My questions are:
1. Since there is a minimal amount of user data and configurations to "re-enter" into the new Server 2008 Server is it possible to simply use the same Server Name and IP address as the Server 2003 Server when setting it up the new Server 2008 Server as a Domain Controller and avoid having to perform the steps to demote / promote?
2. IF I do need to follow and impliment the demote / promote steps (Restructering?) I'd like to know the simplest steps to take to accomplish this Server Replacement.
3. Is it possible to use the same Server name and IP address on the new Server 2008 Server that is currently on the Server 2003 Server?
4. Since the AD info is outdated, are there "minimal" steps I can take to demote / promote without transferring the necessary information? (the current Server 2003 DHCP & DNS config info is still valid)
Thank you in advance.