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Moving a Windows 2003 Server

I'm redeploying a Win2003 Server from one business to another.  It was a DC where it was.  I demoted it with DCPromo, then removed it from the domain by putting it in a workgroup.  I hauled it to the new site, renamed it and added it to the new domain as a member server.  It's only role now is as a File Server.

So far, so good.

Now I want to make it a DC at the new site, and want to double check the steps to do that since I don't do this very often.

I think my next step is to just run DCPromo, but I'm not sure if something should happen before that, or if I have to do something afterwards.

The DC that is already on the new domain is a big Dell PowerEdge with 4 Raid'ed disks.   Will it matter that this second server is just a single 1TB drive?

Are there any FSMO considerations?   Or will the preexisting server have the master role simply by virtue of having been the only one.  Do I need to define anything in this area on the new server?

The connection to the outside world is through Comcast, using a Motorola Modem.  It looks like the Domain Controller is the DNS server.  (The IP4 properties on the server show the server's IP address as the Preferred DNS Server.)  All the workstations are using DHCP,   Is there anything to do with the second server here?  So far I've just given it a static IP address and listed the first server as it's preferred DNS Server.  I think I should enable DNS on the second server and list it as a second preferred DNS Server on both of them, but I'm on even more shaky ground when I get into DNS setups.

Additional background info.  The server being moved had been a DC on a domain with 4 servers.  It is going to a domain that now has only one.

Also, it is Windows Server, not Windows Small Business Server.  And Exchange doesn't figure into the picture; I'm not using it at the new site.   The domain has about 12 workstations.

The new site is a clinic, and my whole reason for adding this second server is for redundancy so as to keep them operating in case of a failure of what is now the only server.

If you think I might be missing something, I'd appreciate hearing it.

Thanks, Ron Hicks
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
It sounds like you've already performed the proper steps to join the domain and AD. Make sure it's replicating with the pre-existing DC and you should then see all your AD user accounts in it.

I'd check the DNS to make sure your pointing correctly.

Having one single 1TB drive with no raid in place is not safe. I always install server with at least a three drive raid 5. I also use Dell servers which all come with perv raid cards built-in.

Raid would be my 1st concern.

2nd: Also, you didn't mention UPS. It it connected to a UPS? Are you using a network shutdown utility like APC Powerchute to gracefully shutdown the servers if a power failure occurs?

3rd: What about nightly backups? Are they being taken? if so, are they stored and/or rotated offsite properly?
Ronald HicksAuthor Commented:

The new box has two 1 TB drives.  There might be room for a third.  It is a custom build.  What is involved in setting up Raid?  A Raid Controller?  More??

Yes, being backed up off-site nightly.

Yes, on hefty CyberPower UPS's, but not using software to gracefully powerdown.  Thanks for mentioning that
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Raid 5 requires three identical drives and a raid controller card. You setup the raid before installing the O/S. You can also backup the current server, add the 3rd drive and the controller, config the raid in the raid setup routine, format all three drives and run a server restore from your backups.
Ronald HicksAuthor Commented:
Many thanks.  Closing and awarding.  Will start fresh if I have additional questions.
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