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Domain Controller

Hi,

I need to "replace" our current Domain Controller and need to ensure that the new one will be setup exactly the way this one is so we don't run into issues or miss anything.
Is there a tool that i can run on the current server where i can get a list of everyhing that runs on it??

Also, is the a document or white paper i can follow that will keep me out of trouble and organize this project?


Currently in Roles under server management:
AD Cert Services
AD Domain Service
DHCP
DNS (Master)
File Services
Network Policy and Access Services
Print Server
Web Server
IIS
WSUS


Thank you
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Geekah
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
Which server operating system are you using now, and are you replacing it with the exact same version or something different?
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
Here is a link to Microsoft TechNet server migration tools - and there are a lot of other links from there.

Avoid using any software or services from third party software providers such as Zinstall, and save yourself a bunch of money and hassle by just learning the steps yourself.
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
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GeekahAuthor Commented:
The same server OS server 2008
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
Here are some additional resources that may help.

Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd365353(WS.10).aspx

AD RMS Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration and Upgrade Guide
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff770805(WS.10).aspx

Windows Server migration forum
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverMigration/threads
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Malli BoppeCommented:
You can rebuild the new domain controller. Migrate FSMO roles and other roles and features that are installed on the old server.
Once you are sure that everything is migrated. Shut down your current DC for a week or so to see if any one complains of any thing.
Then you can think of decomissioning your current DC
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R3C0NCommented:
Geekah,

Is your company using only one DC are you informed on the exact version x86 or x64 or IA 32 or 64 version of Windows Server 2008. Why do you need to replace the server? Or is your intention to build a backup domain controller? Your posts leaves me with more questions than solutions to offer. Are you replacing with different hardware and back to the top of my post asking about the version depending on your hardware requirements. Do you currently have a raid setup?  If so what type, Where does that DC pull time from and is that going to remain the same? FSMO roles, it can go on like this, and then you can successfully plan Server Roles and Features. Guides are a great reference.
If this is a production environment that relies on that DC to make money you might consider taking up a project manager role and hiring third party consultation. But a discussion is needed as to your exact responsibilities of the build. If your concern is the Server Roles and Features and thats your expertise then only build that part.  Which is a lot of planning by the list I read in your post. If you have another team member available to build the physical server out then I would split your duties. And another question that comes to mind now is why are all those Roles and Features installed on your DC?  We should be talking about two to three servers minimum from the list of Roles and Features.

-R3c0n
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GeekahAuthor Commented:
Yes we are using only one DC, 64 bit OS – Server 2008. (wondering if anyone used server 2012 and if it should be the way to go)
Server is very old and needs to be replaced
To sum up the rest of answers/comments – we will eventually be moving to Office 365 and all I am trying to do is simplify this network and have less hardware to deal with and more cloud availability for anything that could be put on the cloud.
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Malli BoppeCommented:
Windows 2012 is fairly new I would atleast wait for couple of months before deploying it in the production.
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R3C0NCommented:
Geekah,

  Some companies are choosing to use virtual technology to maximize their hardware and consolidate their services.

-R3c0n
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R3C0NCommented:
Geekah,

When reading back through this post it would be hard to keep your exact same configurations throughout if you were to move to a different software platform. You would want to test Server 2012 in a lab first before moving it to your production environment. You could could move to a cloud environment with many of the services discussed from your post. It's about availability and the cost of running a cloud network versuses local hosting. Do you currently run some of the services from the cloud already?

-R3c0n
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GeekahAuthor Commented:
Hi,

ok, so after a bit of research, definitly not going with 2012, not yet or anytime soon anyways, its just too new.
Will be doing virtual machine on this Server so here is my question ...
should the DC be set up on the server and than add the vmware and than create the other couple of virtual machines or create the DC as a virtual machine as well??
whats best case senario pls??

thank u for all the help, and ya, as you may have noticed i am still planning and trying to configure the best solution  for less headach after.
And no, no services on the cloud yet, it wont be for another year

thanks
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R3C0NCommented:
Geekah,

That's great to hear sounds like your on a good path. As a suggestion we have a nice laptop this laptop runs the application we use to connect to our virtual domain controller and other servers. It also is a domain controller. The server that we use is a dell that is the ESX server with the virtualized servers. If that dell servers crashes or is down for maintenance, our users will still be able to authenticate through the laptop to get to the rest of the offered services. In all it sounds like you have a good plan.

-R3c0n
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GeekahAuthor Commented:
Great idea. sorry its taking me forever to answer but you know how it is, when it rains it pours.
Question though, i am trying to setup DHCP and a bit nervous about having both run, i need someone to guide me through setting up the second one and make sure things dont break.

:S
any assistant?
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GeekahAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all the assistant.
server is deployed and running with most of the comments and suggestions you made
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