migrating from windows server 2003 to 2008 or 2012

Hi guys,

I  would like to know if here is a way I can backup an active directory from and old server and import it into the server.

we install about 2 to 3 server on a monthly bases, and we usually enter the user name and password manually( typing) and its a lots 50+

I m just checking  to see if there is a tool out there to make this easier.
thanks in advance
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If you are looking to upgrade from 2003 to 2008 or 2012 there are several steps/testing involved during the process. You cannot simply backup your Active Directory database and import it into a new 2008 or 2012 server. They need to be migrated into the environment.

Don't understand the second part of the question.
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Mike KlineCommented:
Not like what you are thinking, but you can standup a new server and make it a domain controller and then AD will replicate all its info to it.  

Do add a windows 2012 DC start here   http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/09/03/introducing-the-first-windows-server-2012-domain-controller.aspx?Redirected=true

Thanks

Mike
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Life1430Commented:
For first part of question below seems to be a closest solution

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_can_you_do_to_promote_a_server_to_DC_if_you're_in_a_remote_location_with_slow_WAN_link

Please ellaborate more on second query
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bcrosby007Commented:
You can mass create users in AD using a CSV file. This will save a ton of time..

http://blogs.technet.com/b/bettertogether/archive/2011/01/09/import-bulk-users-to-active-directory.aspx
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