I have a single server network with MS Server 2008 R2. I will be replacing the server with a new MS Server 2008 R2 and I have 12 XP Pro workstations. I will be taking the old server out of service. This means I will need to either create a new Active Directory and Domain Controller on the new server or do some kind of DC Promo process. What I want to avoid is having to reattach each XP workstation to the domain and having to recreate a new desktop. What would be the best way to accomplish this task? Very detailed steps would be greatly appreciated.
The second part of this question is if I just start from scratch on the new server and create active directory and domain controller with the same domain name, and server name would the 12 XP Pro workstations connect to the domain without creating a new desktop?