Install new Domain controller with same name and Domain name as old one
Posted on 2014-10-06
I need to install a new Domain Controller on an existing domain. This machine also acts as a file server. The old server, which is the DC and a file server, has run out of space and the owner wants a new server.
There are about 60 workstations connected on the existing domain and about 10 unique users on the domain.
I would like to keep the domain name the same and the server name the same, since the client is used to working with those settings. I have replaced the DC before, but always have to rejoin the workstations to the new domain and re-configure email settings.
Is there a good way to demote the existing DC and then replace it with a new one with the same computer name and domain name, add the users and then have the workstations happily join the domain automatically?
The old Dc is Server 2008 R2 Standard and the new one is 2012. All workstations and Win7 Pro machines.
Please let me know if you need additional details.
Thanks in advance.