Real simple network.
One server, 2003 Standard, 7 PCs a mix of XP and 7. Server is handling DNS and DHCP.
Barely even any file sharing going on.
They want to move to Server 2012.
I can go through the whole process of adding the Server 2012 to the domain, migrating FSMO roles, etc etc.
I am debating just copying files over, shutting off the 2003 server, bring up the 2012 box with the same name and IP as the old one. I just wonder when someone logs in from their PC, will they get a whole diff desktop and email (IMAP) settings because the SIDs may be different?
How would you handle this? And if I do add the 2012 to the domain, go through the routine, demote the 2003..etc etc... how much work is that?