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Moving Active Directory to new server

By jmstitt ·
I currently have a Windows 2000 DC that functions as a primary domain controller. It is the only DC on the network. It has about 1400 user accounts. This server is a Pentium 333MHZ with 128MB of RAM. I have a new server ordered. The new server will be an Athlon 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM. I need to move Active Directory in its entirety from the old machine to the new machine. The new machine will use the same computer name and IP addresses (multi-homed) of the old one. I will not be using the old machine afterwards. I would appreciate exact instructions on this procedure. Thanks in advance!!!

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The migration will take place in about 3 weeks. Techpoints will be awarded after the project is finished successfully. Any other tips, pointers or pitfalls to look for would also be greatly appreciated!!!

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by DC1 In reply to Moving Active Directory t ...

Build the new machine and run DCPromo. The problem that I see you having is using the same computer name and IP address. Why not just build it as a Domain Controller and transfer the necessary FSMO's to the new box and then remove AD from the old server?

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There is no need to remove AD from the old machine. In fact, if you are running AD and only have one machine you are very vulnerable. Put the other server into operation. Copy all the files and such to the new machine for the users. Remove theirrights to the directories on the old machines. Change the login scripts to point to the new machines and update the location of any roaming profiles or mandatory profiles etc. Have a test user login and work through any errors. It shouldn't take too long actually. Leave the other server up and running in the AD tree. This will provide AD redundancy and probably speed up the logins. The workstations may have a registry entry pointing to the old server, but the changes in login scripts and such will fix that.

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by apantophlet In reply to Moving Active Directory t ...

hallo !!! IT IS not a file server. Here you are advising about a file server

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Good ideas! Could information on how to transfer the necessary information be supplied?

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by gmscne In reply to Moving Active Directory t ...

If you're not going to use the old machine afterwards, why not back up the database then take the Hard drive and NIC and place them in the new machine?
Since it is windows 2000, it might accept it.

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I have attempted moving the hard drive to a practice machine. It would not boot beyond the Windows 2000 server startup screen. Probably because the hardware is different. I also attempted to recover Active Directory to the practice machine from atape backup. It would recover initially, but then the machine would not boot. To recover Active Directory in that fashion, the hardware would have to be nearly identical. Please correct me if I am mistaken. Thanks for your answer.

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