Changing Domain Controllers

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nvrsummer2

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Hope this belongs here............

I have some questions regarding changing the hardware in my domain controller. Im basically rebuilding it with new Processor, RAM, Mobo, etc.
Its just a desktop computer running Windows Server 2003. I plan to keep all the names of the machine and IP/domain the same. Is there anything I need to lookout for by doing this? I dont want to lose my active directory and user accounts on the machines that rely on this domain controller. Can I just build the new server, set it up as a domain controller with all the same settings and the computers will be aable to log into the new controller with the same users?
 
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I don't recommend doing what you are planning to do. I would build a completely new server, promote it, wait for AD to replicate, transfer everything off the old one, and then demote the old one.
 

nvrsummer2

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Ah I see, so new controller in an existing forest?? I think that is the option it gives when promoting a new controller. So in a sense its going to be the backup domain controller until I demote the original one
 
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