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  • Replacing domain controller 2000 server with 2003 same name

    Hi,

    My company is undergoing upgrade from windows 2000 server environment to windows 2003 environment. We've already replaced couple of our servers to windows 2003. Now we are trying to replace all domain controller servers to windows 2003. We want to keep the same name of the server. We are replacing the hardware itself as well so we are not doing an upgrade from 2000 to 2003 on the same server. So far, these are the steps we have in mind.

    1) Demote the windows 2000 DC
    2) Shut down the 2000 server
    3) Change the IP of the new 2003 server to the old server IP address
    4) Enter the Primary DC IP address for the preferred DNS IP.
    5) Rename the new server same as the old server
    6) Join the domain.
    7) Run DCPromo

    Do we have to remove the server from Sites and Services before promoting the new server? Are these steps correct or is there better recommended procedure/steps? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Replacing domain controller 2000 server with 2003 same name

    It is easier and safer to NOT keep the same name. Personally, I make sure that no scripts or apps depend directly on the name of the DC. I want to be free to replace a DC whenever I like. But if you really want to, do these additional steps.

    1a. replicate the demote throughout the forest
    1b. do a full metadata cleanup for the old DC: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216498
    1c. replicate any modifications.

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