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I need to replace my Win2k server with another. It is file and print, and is the only domain controller for the domain. I have loaded the OS on the new hardware; however given it a different name as to not conflict with the old one still running. What should be my next steps in make the switch with the least amount of disruption? Especially, with installing active directory.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Replacing my server hardw ...

Ok, did you add the 2nd Win2K Server into the existing domain, as a member server? If so, then run DCPROMO on this 2nd machine to make it an additional domain controller. Also set up DNS on it.
You then want to transfer all operations master roles from the 1st domain controller to the 2nd.
You will want to set up the shared folders on the 2nd server, and transfer all files from the 1st server to the 2nd.
Also set up the shared printers on the 2nd server.
You will need to change any mapped drives in logon scripts that point to 1st server, change them to 2nd server.
Also, you gotta set up new printer mappings on your user workstations, pointing to the 2nd server.
Make sure DNS is correct after everything is cut over.
I guess this can get you started.

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by voldar In reply to Replacing my server hardw ...

What JM tells you is the right sollution, but if you want to retain the same name of the new server as like the old name, you have to do a bit more of work. Meaning, you use another computer and install W2K Server on it, name it "server1" add it to the domain as member server, promote it do domain controler, make it a new DC in the domain, start the replications between the old and the server1, and then transfer the 5 FSMOs to the "server1" and make it the primary DC in your network. Loose your old server from the network. Then, get into the network your new server, and use the same steps as above to make it the primary DC. That's it. You add then the printers and share them, also the files.

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