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need to replace DC in 2003 Standard Edition

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Lorenzo2win, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. Lorenzo2win

    Lorenzo2win Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2013
    I have done this before - add new server to domain, promote it, demote and remove old - - But this time I'm wondering:

    1) Should I upgrade version and if so, to which version: 2008 2008R2 2011 2012 . . . the 2003R2 is serving us fine but it at end of life.

    If I upgrade to 2008/2011/2012, should I:

    2) the current 2003 DC is failing - I do have a 2nd 2003 SE server in domain, should I promote this 2nd server to DC then demote/remove the failing before I add the new server and then do the upgrade

    3) or keep the two current 2003 SE running when I add the 3rd (new version) server?

    I hope this makes sense, but asked open ended - if you had a 2003 standard edition domain with (2) 2003 servers, one is DC and is failing . . . there is no crunch yet so have time to proceed with the best plan.

    -- 28 users, no exchange or IIS
  2. srhoades


    May 15, 2003
    With only 28 users no exchange and no IIS it will not take long to replicate the domain. With a new 2008 server you will need to Adprep the domain first to upgrade active directory so it can replicate to the 2008 server. Don't forget to transfer the FSMO roles

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