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We currently use a 2003 server as our DC.  I have a 2008 server on the domain and would like to make it the DC and remove the 2003 server altogether.

Can anyone tell me how please?

The 2008 machine does not have DNS on it presently.
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do you have 2008 or 2008 R2 ?

logon to 2003 DC with ID having domain admins, enterprise admins and schema admins group membership
1st insert 2008 \ 2008 R2 dvd on 2003 server

Navigate to DVD support\adprep folder

Now run below commands in cmd

open cmd
navigate to DVD \ support\adprep folder
then run
adprep /forestprep
adprep /domainprep /gpprep
adprep /rodcprep

If you having 2008 R2 and 2003 server is 32 bit, then run
adprep32 /forestprep
adprep32 /domainprep /gprep
adprep32 /rodcprep

Once all above commands got succeeded, run dcpromo on 2008 server and select there "Join new server as additional DC in existing domain and then carry forward the wizard

Once you done that successfully, just transfer FSMO roles on 2008 server and then decommissions the 2003 server

You will find lots of videos \ blogs for step by step

Mahesh
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Thank you!
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