Primary DC (Windows 2003 Svr)

I want to move my primary Domain Controller (DC) that is currently on a old and outdated hardware to a new one (I inherited this environment).  I am also thinking of going with a VM instead of a physical via my Eqaullogic SAN.  There are tools that can be used to "virtualize" the environment but not sure if I want to replicate the environment or just go with a new one.  I know I can use dcpromo to remove a DC but I can't say that I have ever moved one before to a newer physical box or VM.  

Do you have any suggestions you can provide on the best course of action I should take?
solaadminAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Smith and AndersenCommented:
I would just add a new server VM. promote the new server to a dc in the domain>move all the FSMO roles to the new VM DC then you can demote the old server
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's recommended to

1. Create a new server or virtual machine and install your Server OS.
2. Promote this new server to a Domain Controller.
3. Transfer the roles from the old DC to the new DC.
4. Remove and Shutdown the old Server.
0
Smith and AndersenCommented:
lol..isnt that what I just said :)
0
solaadminAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
VMware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.