how to move my PDC to another server

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
My PDC is on a windows server 2003 and I want to move it to another server, a 2008 server R2.
The PDC also has the DNS and DHCP as well.

Is there a good resource online with detailed instructions on all the steps needed to perform this, besides running the dcpromo on the new server.  I believe it holds the master fmso, etc...

I'm also assuming this move my Active Directory over as well to the new server, right?
I have logon scripts as well, in the default netlogon directory on my 2k3 server, will all that get moved over, or do I need to do anything special for that?

I'm assuming this should be done after hours, just in case? :)

Question by:afacts
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes AD and DNS (AD Integrated) will replicate to the new box.

    High level steps:

    prep your forest for 2008 R2....if your current server is 32 bit use adprep32
    install the 2008 member server (can be done before the prep too)
    use dcpromo to promote the box
    make the box a global catalog (does it by default in the 2008 dcpromo process)
    if you have DNS on your 2003 box install it on the 2008 box
    At that point you have a fully functional 2008 DC
    Transfer FSMO roles to 2008 box
    Point clients (static and DHCP) to the new box for DNS services.
    once all your 2003 DCs are demoted you can raise the functional level.

    There is a lot of great info on this subject already so I won't rewrite the book.  

    The official Microsoft document



    I also really like two blog entries by MVPs on the upgrade.  One is from Meinolf the other from Sander.  




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    by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
    configure netowrking in the new DC as follow:
    Static IP.
    primary DNS:

    Install DNS server role in the new DC.

    join the machine to the domain:

    promote the new DC in the existing domain:

    move all FSMO:

    Test DC functionality using the command line tool:
    dcdiag /e /c /v /f:c:\dcdiag.log

    install and authorized the new DHCP server then configure it as same as the old one.

    turn off the old DC and test for at least one week. if no issues, demote the old DC using dcdiag tool.

    all done.

    Author Comment

    Thanks Sulimanw,  moving the FSMO only applies ot win 2000 is what the article said.

    I'm moving it from 2003 to 2008.

    I can't turn off the old DC as I still have other programs running that are crtical, and it's also my print server, until I move all that over as well to another server.
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    by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
    Just in case, here is the 2003 article and its the same as 2008 :

    You can keep the current DC until you move the rest of apps and roles on it.

    Author Comment

    Thanks, so how do I configure to have 2 PDC's at the same time, so the GC and everything can be on both, just in case one dies?
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    by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
    Each FSMO role can only running on one DC only not only the PDC.

    So, move all FSMO to the new DC. also make the new DC the only GC to test its functionality.

    In case one of the FSMO dies you can seize it on the second DC.
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    Do not Configuere in Primary DNS it is not recommended refer below article
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    Expert Comment

    by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
    Thanks sarang_tinguria !

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks guys, the first post was the most helpful.  dcpromo when performing it on a win2k8 box actually moves the global catalog, fsmo, everything over.  I had a consultant help me, so I'm good.

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