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  • Moving Windows 2003 AD to New Windows 2003 Machine


    I need to upgrade our server with new hardware. I have bought a new server and installed windows 2003 on it.

    My plan is to install the new server as a replica. move everything over to the replica. Then demote the old server.

    Does this seem right to everyone or is there a better way?

    Making a replica server seems easy enough thanks to the tutorial on here What I don't understand is how would I move everything over (DNS,DHCP,SUS,Norton AV Corp, Network shares) to the new server to demote the old server?

    I am thinking of backing up teh old AD before demoting it but I read soemwhere that ntbackup is not always reliable. Is this true? I have never used it for a server myself.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Your question can be divided into 2 sections:

    1) How do I move my DC from one server to a new server?

    2) How do I move all the software found on one server to another server?

    Let try to help:

    1) Read my article about adding a replica DC. Move the GC, FSMO to the new server and wait for replication. For how long? I wait a day or more. For 2 servers a few hours might be enough. If you're in a hurry you can use the REPLMON and REPADMIN tools to control the replication.

    2) Reinstall the software on the new server. That's my best advice.

    Good luck.

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services