I currently have a 2008 Standard AD, DNS & file server and a 2003 Standard BDC running AD & DNS. I have just put together a new 2012 R2 server and I want to replace the 2008 Server, then rebuild that server and add it back as the BDC. I want to remove the 2003 entirely and clean it off of active directory. I would like to rename the 2012 R2 and use it to replace the 2008 Standard Server (I want to configure the 2012 R2 with the same shares, names, IP, etc... and replace the 2008 entirely), then I want to remove and rebuild the 2008 and make it a BDC running 2008 R2 or 2012 R2.
So to summarize:
1. I want to remove 2003 BDC completely and cleanly
2. Bring in the 2012 R2 to completely replace the 2008 with the same name, IP address, shares, DNS settings, etc.
3. Then remove the 2008 server completely so I can rebuild that 2008 server and make it a 2008 R2 or 2012 R2 acting as the BDC.
4. Be able to use the logins and profiles on the workstations that are currently joined to the domain without having to rebuild all of them.
I currently have the 2008 Standard server on IP 192.168.0.199 and it is called RCSSERVER
I have the 2003 server called RCSPC2BK at IP 192.168.0.197
My new 2012 R2 is called RCSSERVER2 and there is no fixed IP yet.
I am recreating the shares on the RCSSERVER2 to be the same as they are on the RCSSERVER and I will move or copy the data from the RCSSERVER to the RCSSERVER2 as soon as I know how I am proceeding and I am sure that the permissions will be the same.
This will give me a 2012 R2 AD, DNS and file server with the same name and IP of the original 2008, and a BDC running 2008 or 2012 R2 running AD (BDC) and DNS.
I am not sure of how I can replace the 2008 server with the 2012 R2 with the same name. Should I remove the 2008 entirely, raise the 2003 to PDC then capture the roles and promote the 2012 R2 to the PDC. Then demote and remove the 2003, rebuild the 2012/2008 R2 and add it as the BDC with the same configuration as the 2003? It can be a different name then. The primary AD server name is currently RCSSERVER. I would like that to still be the PDC but, of course, on the new 2012 R2 machine.
If it is too difficult I guess I could remove the 2003 server, leave the the RCSSERVER2 as the new name, transfer the roles and data to the new RCSSERVER2 and once I got the roles, remove the old RCSSERVER, rebuild it and add it back into the mix.
Any guidelines would be really appreciated as I have to do all this over 1 weekend. These are live production machines.
Thank you in advance, please feel free to ask for any additional info I might have left out.