Replacing server-trying to save client profiles

Jay Lewis
Jay Lewis used Ask the Experts™
I'm replacing a server this morning and I am trying to preserve the local workstation profiles which obviously includes their shortcuts, program settings, etc. If I name the new server the same domain name, is that the best way to accomplish this? I realize I'll have to rejoin the computers to the new domain but I'm hoping the profiles will come right back. Is this logic correct?
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Is this an AD domain?  You should be able to bring up a new server as a backup domain controller (BDC), then promote it to take over AD services.  You can then demote the existing, old server and then remove it as a domain controller.  Once removed, you can take it offline.

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