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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

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    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

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    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

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd464018(v=ws.10).aspx
     
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