Server 2003 Domain upgrade to Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Posted on 2014-11-04
I will be replacing a Win Server 2003 Domain Controller with a new Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server.
There are a total of 8 workstations with whom 3 are not joined but connected to the Server via workgroup networking.
The Server 2003 Server has been in place for at least 8 years and has had multiple "computer guys" configuring it.
The Group Policies as well as Active Directory is unmanageable and in-effective at this point.
I am not tied into using the current internal Domain either internally or externally....and no Exchange Server is in use.
My question is as follows:
Instead of spending time "cleaning up" and/or "fixing" AD and GP's does it makes sense, and is it feasible to just create a new Domain name within the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials Server and join all the workstations to the new Server/new Domain?
Also, IF creating the new Domain name on the new Server makes sense will I need to relocate profiles on the workstations currently under the old Domain name to the new Domain profile on each of the 5 Domain joined workstations.
Thank you in advance for your time and expertise.