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Changing server name and domain name on Server 2008

Posted on 2013-12-12
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My client has acquired a 2008 server to replace a 2003.  Is there any problem with changing the server and domain name of the 2008 box.   There are no users setup at this point except admin and no data on it.  The only thing that this server will do is run Great Plains for 10 users.

Also would appreciate any info on easily bringing over the 10 workstations that exist on the present domain!?!??
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by:srinuboy
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i will provide document  to migrate from 2003 to 2008, please follow below

http://siddarthsajjantechnotes.blogspot.com/2012/02/domain-migration_11.html
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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It's not quite clear what domain is set up on this server 2008 box.  Assuming it's some unrelated domain that has nothing to do with the present network, the easiest and cleanest way, considering that there's nothing really set up on the box, would be to run dcpromo to DEMOTE the server from domain controller to member server.  When you see the prompt asking if this is the last DC in the domain, you'd answer "yes." This will put the server in a workgroup. Then after your reboot, first change the server name and then rerun dcpromo to jointhe new domain.
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Again, your info is a little vague.  If the 2003 server is still on the domain, then you would just join the new server to the domain (the steps I posted above).  However, an extra step is needed if the 2003 domain still exists, and that would be to run adprep32.exe from a Windows 2008 CD before running dcpromo on the 2008 box, so that the existing domain will be upgraded to 2008.  Then the existing AD will replicate to the 2008 box after it's promoted.  If that's the situation, then all of the existing workstations will be automatically part of the 2008 domain, and you'd just need to remove (through dcpromo) the 2003 server from the domain.

If that's not the situation, maybe if you explain it in a bit more detail, it would be very helpful in pinpointing the best way to go about what you're trying to accomplish.
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by:GintarasUS
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The 2008 server will replace the 2003 and all workstations need to be reattached to it.  We got the 2008 as a spare because the 2003 is know 6 years old but still running fine.    We just want to plan ahead since parts are getting hard to get and when we lost a raid controller Dell did not have any replacements and we luckily found another source.

Basically I want to be able to prep the 2008 for a swap when to time comes.  Please let me know if more info is needed.
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Hypercat (Deb) earned 500 total points
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If you have the 2008 server now, I would advise connecting it to the domain permanently and running it as a secondary domain controller. That way, it will become an integral part of the domain and will be able to back up the 2003 server.  This is the only way to guarantee that if the 2003 server fails, you will have a complete and functional Active Directory ready to take over if the 2003 server is unrecoverable.

So, the steps you would need to take, depending on the state of the 2008 server:

1.  Get a Windows 2008 CD (R2 if the new server has R2 on it) and put it in the 2003 server's CD drive.  Then run adprep32.exe from that CD to prepare the 2003 domain to include a 2008 server.  Here's a helpful article if you're not familiar with that process:

http://www.petri.co.il/windows-server-2008-adprep.htm

2.  On the new 2008 server, if it's already a domain controller on a foreign domain, run dcpromo to remove the foreign domain's active directory from that machine.

3.  If it's a member server on a foreign domain, then remove it from that domain so that it resides in a workgroup.

4.  Once the 2003 domain is prepared, connect the 2008 server to the network and join the 2003 domain. Then run dcpromo to make it a domain controller on that domain.  This will of course replicate your Active Directory to the new server.
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by:GintarasUS
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thanks for the help....the answer is not what I had expected but is a simpler solution than I had imagined.
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