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By IT Goon ·
Ok Friends. I have a single domain network. I want to replace the DC with a new server I just bought. I will be creating everything from the ground up on the new server, including user accounts If possible, I'd like to just take the one down andreplace it with the other. I want nothing from the other server. Now. My question is how impossible is this going to be? I am running 2000 Advanced Server. Will I have to rebuild my exchange server as well? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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by erikdr In reply to Domain Controller replace ...

Well, the 'only' nasty job you will have left after replacing is, manually, re-joining ALL your W2K (XP, NT) workstations to the new domain. That rejoin also makes the domain admins member of the local admin group of each workstation, and (hopefully...) also fixes service accounts running locally for specials like SMS.

Hope this helps,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by HighOrbit In reply to Domain Controller replace ...

Well with NT you could just build a second domain controller (BDC) and promote it to PDC.

I am pretty sure you can do almost the same with the 2000 DC. There are some things that still have to be sorted out manually.

This link should have all the relevant instructions under it.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/support/issues/dirservices-issues.asp

And I can't see why you would ever need to re-build the user database or computer accounts...

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by HighOrbit In reply to Domain Controller replace ...

I'm also assuming that the Exchange server is on a different machine. I don't know how it would be affected if it is running on the same machine.

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by chris hirst In reply to Domain Controller replace ...

If you pursue the idea of a ground up rebuild of the accounts on your new server you will have to run them side by side (impossible unless you are changing domain names or IP subnets) while you disjoin existing members and then join to new. Every Exchange mailbox will need the logon account name changing. The exchange services logons will have to be changed, as will the Service Account of the Exchange server. If you are running DHCP\DNS\WINS\AD on the existing DC these services will have to transferred to the new DC before anything else can be started, All in All potentially a lot of down time.

Chris

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