What is the proper procedure to move my existing Windows 2003 R2 Std DFS namespaces, replication groups, and replicated folders to a new Windows 2012 R2 Std server?
Here some background information of what I have working with. I have four Windows 2003 R2 Std servers all running DFS services; each at different remote office. Most of my replication folders are set up to replicated between two servers, and some are setup to replicated between three servers. Not all replicated folders are set up with the same primary member.
I'm planning to replace each existing Windows 2003 R2 server at each location to a new Windows 2012 R2 Std running DFS services, then I want to bring all existing DFS configuration on the Windows 2003 server to the new Windows 2012 server that is replacing it. I am also planning to remove the Windows 2003 server as a member server from DFS management and decommission the Windows 2003 R2 Server from Active Directory after DFS configuration is moved and replication is tested successfully.
I'll focus one location, since the process will be the same for each location. So far I have DFS services set up on the new Windows 2012 R2 Std server I will call this Win12R2DC1. Win12R2DC1 will be replacing the Windows 2003 R2 server called Win2003DC1. In DFS Management, I was able to add and display the existing DFS namespace and replication group created by Windows 2003 R2 DFS management. I can add Win12R2DC1 as a member server, and enable it to sync with each replication folder group that was setup for Win2003DC1. However, I'm not sure if this is the correct way to create the sync and moved the data because -
1) I'm planning to decommission Win2003DC1 after DFS is set up on Win12R2DC1
2) Not sure if the new server will still replicate with the other server after removing Win2003DC1 as a member from DFS management. Especially if Win2003DC1 was the primary server for the replication folder group and DFSRPrivate folder exist on that server,
So back to my question, how can I replace an existing Windows 2003 R2 Std server running DFS to a new Windows 2012 R2 Std server and transfer or mirror all existing DFS configuration on the Windows 2003 server? Best way to approach this?
Thanks in advance.