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  • how to replace a Windows 2003 server?

    We have a network with one server running Windows 2003.
    The server hardware is no longer up to the task so we need a new server.

    What is the best way to migrate all the Active Directory settings the Server Roles and the data from the old server to the new server?
    Is there any Microsoft documentation describing this process?

    Albert
    Last edited by wascholten; 12th March 2009, 13:40. Reason: forgot to ask something

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    Re: how to replace a Windows 2003 server?

    Assuming that you mean this is your DC, run dcpromo on another server to make it a DC and follow the following article to transfer the FSMO roles.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801

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    • #3
      Re: how to replace a Windows 2003 server?

      Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
      Assuming that you mean this is your DC, run dcpromo on another server to make it a DC and follow the following article to transfer the FSMO roles.

      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801
      Thank you very much for your fast answer!

      What's the best way to copy the data from the old to the new server while retaining the permissions?


      Albert

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      • #4
        Re: how to replace a Windows 2003 server?

        Microsoft's Robocopy will do that for you.
        A recent poll suggests that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy

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        • #5
          Re: how to replace a Windows 2003 server?

          Alternatively, use DFS to mirror the data between the servers
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