Migrating Server 2003 AD DC to New box with Server 2008 and need to keep all things the same
Posted on 2015-02-05
Here's my situation...
I have an old machine, we'll call "Server". It is a File Server, SQL Server, Active Directory Domain Controller, and DNS Server.
I purchased a new server a couple of years ago, named it "Server2" (same name as old box, but number 2 added), installed Windows Server 2003, and made it a second AD DC.
I now need to basically discontinue use of the old server, and make the new server named "Server". I've also decided to try and install Windows Server 2008 or 2012 on this new box.
I think the problem, or complication, is that it's a domain controller and I know it's not as simple as turning off "Server" and renaming "Server2" to "Server", but all of my shares, roaming profiles, and programs that use the SQL data all use the name "Server", so i believe it's a necessary evil.
As it stands, I am currently running a nightly robocopy of the files and permissions, so I'm thinking that just re-creating the shares from old to new should be simple...but are there any tools?
What's the best way to get the old box offline, get the new box online, and make it invisible to the end users? I'd rather spend all of a day setting up the server, migrating there, etc, as opposed to touching every machine or making some crazy group policies or scripts to change all the clients.