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Building new domain controller

By sayal4 ·
We have a network of more than 200 computers and having one windows 2000 server(domain controller). The current machine(server) has low configuration and giving some problems. Now conmpany has procured new machine with good configuration and wants to replace with old server(domain controller). I have been assinged the task.Please help me should i create additional domain controller and replicate active directory?Also tell me how to trasnfer master roles from old server to new server. Also help me what other confifuration i have to perfrom in order to run the new server. Keeping in vew, that the old server will never be use after the new server is configured.
I have a knowledge about AD and windows 2000 but dont have practical experience. An early action is requested in this regard.
Thanks in advance.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Building new domain contr ...

Install Windows 2000 server as normal. Then run DCpromo.exe to promote server as a DC, it should then replicate objects automatically (I would leave this to complete overnight).

To move the FSMO roles, open the following AD consoles:
AD Users and Computers (3 roles)
AD Schema (1 role)
AD Domains and Trusts (1 role)

Right click the top level of console, then select 'Connect to Domain Controller...' and enter name of server to transfer role to.

Then right click again and select 'Operations Master', select role from Tab and click Change to switch to the server listed. Thats it!

Also, make sure in AD Sites and Services, that the new server is made a Global Catalog server (properties of NTDS Settings).

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by sayal4 In reply to Building new domain contr ...

Thanks for your answer i really appreciate it. But i dont think that DNS will also replicate from old server to new server isnt??
Also new server will show the name of the previous DC rite?

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by Whatme? In reply to Building new domain contr ...

1st answer is right.(it's that easy). 2nd Dc will have the name that you gave it. 2nd DC will have the DNS Ip address that will be different from the first. You have to bring the 2nd on board, then add DHCP if not added, take the ist DHCP offline, add all the settings in the new DHCP so that clients will see new DC. You may have to redirect profiles, if you have roaming profiles.
You really have to do some reading up on this.

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by benzbadr In reply to Building new domain contr ...

There is a comprehensive procedure in microsoft knowledge base that will help you transfer domain controller role from an old machine to a new one:
http://support.microsoft.com/

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