need to replace DC in 2003 Standard Edition

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Lorenzo2win

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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.

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