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    Our server that runs Active Directory and DNS is in need of an upgrade. What is the simplest way to transfer all this onto a new server?

    We are running Windows Server 2003 SP2 and would like to move this onto 2003 R2


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    Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

    Prepare the Forest for R2 using ADPREP on disk 2 of the R2 installation set. Build a new DC server with R2, and install AD Integrated DNS. Allow time for replication. Demote and decomission the old server and do a metadata cleanup to completely remove the old DC from AD.

    All done!


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    • #3
      Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

      Question and/or comment: If you demote the old server (dcpromo) you wouldn't need to do a metadata cleanup.

      Right or Wrong?

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      • #4
        Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

        normally you don't have to do a metadata cleanup..
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        • #5
          Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

          Also make sure the server your going to demote doesn't hold any of the FSMO roles:

          http://www.petri.com/determining_fsmo_role_holders.htm

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          • #6
            Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

            Ok thanks for the replies. Let me update what we are actualy trying to do.

            We do not want to demote the server yet because this new server is not going to go live yet. We just want to copy over the AD and DNS so we can create our own little testing enviroment before we go live with it.

            Any advice on this will be excellent

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            • #7
              Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

              Then all you have to omit is the demotion; I would still transfer the FSMO roles to the new server in anticipation of demoting the old one; and I would also make the new one a Global Catalog server. (I'm very embarrassed that I forgot FSMO and GC before - sorry!)

              So - build a new server, join the domain, promote it to DC and install DNS. Transfer the roles and make it a GC. All done!


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              • #8
                Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

                Will this not cause a problem when we take down the new server for our testing enviroment?

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                • #9
                  Re: Migrate Active Directory and DNS

                  Hi,

                  testing enviroment term to you testing in production enviroment?

                  if its so then it will not harm cause your are adding dc, and going to play with it (unless you modify metadata or play with forest and schema).

                  once youe testing completes do not forget to remove orphan entry of new server (if you adding in testing in production enviro)

                  Rgds
                  Muneer

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