How to move member servers to a different domain
Posted on 2016-07-18
I have to move our member servers and computers from our existing domain to a new domain in the cloud.
I have moved computers from one domain to another before, simply by removing them from the domain to a workgroup and then joining them to the new domain.
We are waiting for a connection to our new cloud-based domain to be installed. When that is done I will install a separate switch and keep the two networks physically separated at first. The two networks will use different IP subnets (192.168.0.XXX and 10.119.0.XXX). I plan plug a PC in to the new switch and join the new domain and make sure I can access the cloud stuff correctly .
Our existing domain uses Hyper-V VMs for all our servers and I have a couple of 'spare' member servers. I am planning to remove one of these member servers from our domain, connect it to the new switch and then join it to the new cloud-based domain.
If this works then I should be able to see the local member server and the cloud-based stuff from the local connected computer. So then I can confidently move the remaining member servers and all our PCs across to the new domain. I am not planning to move the existing Domain Controller or Exchange server across as we already have AD setup for all users on the new domain.
But I have a couple of questions:
1. Is it possible to just remove the member server from one domain and then join it to a new domain?
2. How will this work when the member server is part of Hyper-V running from the same physical server as the existing Domain Controller?