Active Directory Domain Controller Migration From Server 2003 to Server 2012
Posted on 2013-02-03
A client has a Windows 2003 Server as their AD domain controller. This is the only server on their network.
We have purchased a new Windows 2012 server. The goal is to set this up on the network and have it take over as the AD domain controller. We are not getting rid of the 2003 server right away, but it will be taken down once some applications are installed on the new server.
Can anyone recommend a good checklist or resource of the steps necessary to set up the new 2012 server on the network, replicate the AD from the existing 2013 server, and become the new primary domain controller? Then, anything that should be done with the 2013 server before it's taken off-line.
Any guidance to help make this a smooth transition would be greatly appreciated.