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server 2000 to 2003 strategy & help

By notShai ·
i inherited a 2000 server which is a DNS/DHCP/AD/file server all in one. 1.the dns is very flaky (randomly cant find PCs/Servers on the network with their machine name, only IP address and vice versa) 2. the domain name is messed up - its called "company-domain" on the net login drop down, but when you ipconfig its called bdc/ replication of AD 4.other servers dont find the time service 5. its used as a dns for the router we have if it goes down - no http traffic (although MSN messenger does work) 6- example error from a utility server on that domain " The reason the system could not register these RRs was because the DNS server contacted refused the update request. The reasons for this might be (a) you are not allowed to update the specified DNS domain name, or (b) because the DNS server authoritative for this name does not support the DNS dynamic update protocol."

i would like your advice at migrating to 03 server - 1. how do i fix the DNS problem? 2. how do i migrate the AD?. i would like to do away with the old server and just wipe it. i would like to use the new 03 server as the pdc/AD/DNS and rebuild the old (existing) one as an 03 bdc etc.

i can also just change the domain name altogether and not migrate, but then how will i transfer all domain users local OUTLOOK PST files to their new domain name login?

any advice/ links/ name of practical book will be greatly appreciated!
more specific - A. a tutorial/how to of creating a secondary 2000/2003 server to take over the primary function of the dying server
B. creating a new 2003 server domain server and its secondary server

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to server 2000 to 2003 strat ...

1. The DNS table maybe ok but the way machines are configured maybe wrong.
2. This will be the Netbios name (ie the short name) which shows in My Computer, Computer name.
3. You need another server for backup DCs.
4. NTP should be configured on the DC and other servers should pick up time when boot up or when you sync it with NET TIME command.
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6. You need to configure Win 2000 dns for dynamic updates. Internet DNS should be forwarded to router dns.

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