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Windows 2003 DC Hardware change

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Windows 2003 R2 Standard Domain Controllers

I have two DC's I want to upgrade the hardware.

If I demote one DC then remove from domain
Build DC on new hardware
Join domain promote roles on new DC

Can I make it the same computer name?

Did I miss any steps.

I think that doing it this way is the best
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Question by:Thomas Grassi
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Mike Kline earned 167 total points
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Yes that can work fine.  Ace has a very in-depth blog post not all the steps apply to you but it is worth looking at

http://msmvps.com/blogs/acefekay/archive/2010/10/09/remove-an-old-dc-and-introduce-a-new-dc-with-the-same-name-and-ip-address.aspx

Thanks

Mike
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Here's what I did, we had a pair of W2k3 DC's when I was hired.. shortly after I moved the FSMO roles to #1, demoted #2, and rebuilt it with more ram, new HDD's (mirror) and installed W2k8R2 and named it dc-2k8 (since the original was dc-2k3.

You can use the same name if you wish however it'll have a new guid so all the config you might be thinking you wont have to do because the name will be the same.. you will still have to do.
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by:netballi
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Technically you can reuse the name once you have demoted the Old DC and run the metadata Clean up.

Remember if you don't do Metadata clean up you might face some Tombstones issue in future.

As from personal experiences I would suggest never reuse a DC name.
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Thanks to all

Will attempt this soon.
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