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Replacing a Primary Domain Controller Server with a new Server with different Domain name.

Last Modified: 2012-12-24

We are looking to replace a Dell PowerEdge 1800 that has Windows Server 2003 with a new Dell PowerEdge T410 that has Windows Server 2008.

The Server is our Primary Domain Controller and DNS Server.

We are looking for the easiest way with proper best practices to replace the server with the new one.  The new server, once finished, will have a DIFFERENT domain name due to a name change in our company.  (file.abc.local to file.xyz.local)

We are thinking of adding the new 2008 server into the environment with a dummy name with the old domain name and promoting it and demoting the old primary domain controller 2003 server. Then renaming the domain to the new domain name using rendom.  Are these the proper steps?

Then we have the question of how can we have everyone in the domain log into the new domain name and keep the same local profiles.

I read a blog that restarting twice would automatically change the domain name to the new domain name but in a test environment I was unsuccessful changing over.

Can anyone please guide me with the proper steps to replacing this new server with new domain name and having the profiles change to log in to the new domain.  Step by step would be awesome.
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