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Procedures for decommissioning old domain and starting anew

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Last Modified: 2014-05-06
Greetings.  I've inherited a network that has been upgraded from Windows 2000 to 2003 to 2008 with Exchange servers being upgraded from 5.5 all the way up to 2010.  (And then it was all virtualized under VMware a couple years ago).

To say that there are 'ghosts in the machine' would be an understatement.  As the organization is growing, I want to start with a clean slate.  This means two new 2012 DC's and a new 2013 Exchange server (along with transferring various other 2008 member servers that will be upgraded over time).

My thoughts on this are to create a whole new separate domain with new name, dc's, exchange server and recreate all fresh new user accounts (currently only about 100) and a new exchange server then move the mailboxes to the new server.

My question is, is there a documented procedure for this, or is my entire concept of how to do this flawed?

Thank you for any input.
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