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our server 2003 dc controller died but the drive is still good.  how do i put the drive in a new system with dissimilar hardware and make it work?
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Match it as close as you can and pray?

As long as you stick with a similar processor type (32 bit or 64 bit), it has a decent chance of working at least well enough for you to replicate it to another server.
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If the Server 2003 software came with the server, you CANNOT.  The license dies with the hardware.

If the software was retail or a volume license you may have several less than great options:
1. Buy an old server with similar specs on Ebay
2. Put the harddrive in a system with the same or a similar drive controller (that's one of the most important things and one of the likely reasons you would get a stop error just trying to start it).
3. Use UMove from Utools.com to migrate the AD to a new server install
4. Attempt to make a VHD of the drive using Disk2VHD and convert it to a VM
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Ratnesh Mishra earned 500 total points
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Yes you can ,but I can consider it as non-conventional method.
You need other hardware where you can put your disk as bootable so that it can boot , boot in advance mode and that too in DSRM mode first . So that most of the things you can configure such as network ip.
After that boot in normal mode, it will detect the hardware and you may need drivers CD . Since hardware has changed windows will prompt for new drivers found and ask for driver , you will get 3 days of grace period to get it activated.
So now you can do 2 things :-
1. First try to get it activated by Microsoft by simply saying it crashed and you want it to restore .
2. Bring another member server in the domain and demote it.

However first method will work for you.

In any case if you don't feel confident. Open a case with Microsoft with 250$ . They will get it working for you if possible.
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