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Upgrading Server 2008 32bit to 64bit and arrangements

Posted on 2013-12-10
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I have server 2008 Standard 32bit running and this weekend I will be replacing it with 64bit but I don't want to mess up with AD and Shared Folders including the drive letters which is mapped already to all domain users. I want to be prepared and also I don't have additional machine to transfer schema roles. Can I install Server 2008 R2 on virtualbox of my laptop and make it as temporary schema master and then after installing R2 in actual server then transfer it again ?
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Yes you can transfer them by mmc:
http://www.elmajdal.net/Win2k8/Transferring_FSMO_Roles_in_Windows_Server_2008.aspx

or NTDSutil on the commandline, but you will have to install active directory on your virtual box server and uninstall AD after your changes.

Decommisioning a domain controler from the domain:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755937(v=WS.10).aspx
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I will be waiting for more suggestions and close this question after weekend. Thank you MrGraves.
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MrGraves, so i have to transfer the schema roles to Vbox server 2008 then demote the old one and install 64bit and then again make the newly installed OS as schema master and demote the Vbox Server 2008. That is how it is going to be is it ?
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yes, but its not only the schema master you need to care about after deploying more then one DC to a domain. Before you demote a DC check what FSMO Roles it has and then then move them to another DC first.

You should have a little read about the roles and the tools you need, but then it should not be too difficult.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexible_single_master_operation
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Thank you very much, I had good transition from 32Bit to 64bit. Well I forgot to demote after transferring the FSMO roles to virtual server. Anyways its done, its finished but I will be careful next time following steps. Thank you.
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Exactly what I was looking for.
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