Hardware Upgrade

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Jeff Ferrell, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Jeff Ferrell

    Jeff Ferrell Guest

    Hello all,

    I need to upgrade the hardware on an existing DC. It is Win2000 and the PDC.

    Due to some poor programming of applications we use, I need to maintain the
    name of the server, FS1. So, I was hoping to just do a full NT backup of the
    PDC, then restore it to the new server on a bench and test it thoroughly
    there with a client (on it's own isolated network).

    The first time I tried it, it seemed perfect except I could not do anything
    relating to adding/changing users/computer accounts.

    Is there a way to do this or should I slowly take my FS1 server and move all
    operations away from it, ie: FSMO, Global Cat, demote to member server etc.
    If there are any KB articles on it, I would love to hear about them and any
    experience's you have had.

    Thanks for any help.
     
    Jeff Ferrell, Jul 12, 2004
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  2. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    It is not recommended to move a DC using NTbackup to a different hardware
    box.

    In general, you can try the following steps.

    1. Transfer all the FSMO roles including Global Catalog to another Windows
    2000 DC.
    2. Demote the first DC to a member server and move it to workgroup. Then
    offline it.
    3. Install Windows 2000 on the new box using the same name as original DC
    and join domain.
    4. Run DCpromo on the new server to promote it to be a DC.
    5. Transfer all the FSMO roles including Global Catalog back.

    References:

    HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=324801

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 13, 2004
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