Question

Locked

Installing new server

By jshellabarger2 ·
I have a list of questions to ask about the best way to implement a new server into our existing setup. Ok here is the scenario we have. We currently have 1 server setup up as our DC on our domain. This server is running everything from our active directory, acts as our file and print server on top of running our business application (sql database) that each employee must access to do their daily work. Needless to say this server slows down dramatically when employees access our business application What I want to do is take the new server and implement it in to our current setup having it run our Active Directory on top of acting as our file and print server. This in return takes a load off our current server in which we want to only run our sql database for our business application. Hopefully this will speed up our application. My main question is. How do I implement this new server to take over the Active Directory roles?( i.e. would we set up replication then do a dcpromo to upgrade this server to the DC. (If so where do I start?) Or would it be easier to just recreate our active directory with the same domain name and transfer all our shared files over to the new server? (If so how would I go about putting the old server back on the network to allow users to connect to the database.) We have about 45 users across this network that will be accessing these servers. Any Help Would be Helpful!

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

6 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  
Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Answers

Collapse -

You are on the right track

by IC-IT In reply to Installing new server

There are others in this forum that can give you a more authoratative answer, but ...

How to transfer FSMO
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801

And another
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

Collapse -

It's easy..

by bart777 In reply to You are on the right trac ...

There really isn't that much to it.

Get the new server on the domain. If the new server is 2003R2 and the old one isn't you will need to run ADPREP on the old server using the new server disks. The ADPREP for R2 is on disk 2.

Once this is done you will do a DCPROMO on the new server. Then take the articles that Bwilmot gave you and transfer the FSMO roles and make is a global catalog server. Once complete you can run DCPROMO on the old server and remove the DC functions. Then you can move shares, printers, etc. Keep in mind that you will ahve to adjust your logon script to remap these to the new server.

Now you have only the application and SQL on the old server and the load is more balanced.

If, however, you are currently running 2003SBS these isntructions will not work. as well as you cannot demote the SBS server.

Hope this helps.

Let us know if you need further assistance.

Collapse -

???

by jshellabarger2 In reply to It's easy..

Ok will the transfer of FSMO roles Transfer all the Active directory information i.e. users and computers. Or is there another method to use? Also this server will take over the dns roles. Should i transfer these roles in any order or does it matter?

Collapse -

The DCPROMO will do most of the work.

by bart777 In reply to ???

When you create the second DC it will replicate all of the AD information to the new server. The FSMO roles are critical for the inner workings of AD. They are some of the behind-the-scene funtions that are needed to do the replication among other things.

As for the order it doesn't really matter. Personally I would start with the PDC emulator.

Let us know if you have any issues.

Collapse -

Conclusion ?

by jshellabarger2 In reply to The DCPROMO will do most ...

First off I would like to thank you guys for the help you have provided to me. I am going to be setting up the new server this weekend hopefully all goes well. From all the research that I have done this is what I have come down to. I have a few smaller questions about individual roles being passed on to the new server. Other than that tell me what you think about the steps in the processes of transferring the roles from the old server to the new server. If I am forgetting anything or have the processes messed up feel free to chime in.

1. Join the new server to the domain

2. Run dcpromo (It is my understanding that this will start replication automatically, Will this also transfer DNS roles or will I have to transfer the DNS information separately???)
2. If I have to change DNS roles manully I think this will need to be done first before I run the dcpromo ? because AD needs DNS set up to work correctly?

3. Move the fsmo roles to the new domain controller (starting first with the pdc emulator)

4. Assign it as a global catalog server (will the DCPROMO set this or no?)

5. Move the files from old server to new server using the file server migration toolkit. (Will the replication copy the mapped drives or will they have to be setup again? Or will the server migration toolkit do it? This is just mapped drives on the server not the clients map drives I understand I will have to set them up manually)

Collapse -

Looks close.

by bart777 In reply to Conclusion ?

Just a few minor things and I apologize if I put them in the wrong order last time.

2) After you do the DCPROMO you will want to setup a new AD integrated DNS.
Don't forget to udate DHCP to point to the new server.

3) Do the global catalog first or you won't be able to move the FSMO roles.
4) Move the roles.

5) I'm not sure about the mappings I've always just fixed mappings via the login script and copied the files using Xcopy with the correct switches to keep the security settings. I would be interested to know how that tool works for you.

Have fun.
Be patient.
Best of luck.

Back to Networks Forum
6 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  

Related Discussions

Related Forums