How to retire a Windows 2003 standard server!

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by DMI, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. DMI

    DMI Guest

    I am in the process of upgrading a small 2003 server (SRV1) with a new big
    capacity Windows 2003 server (newsrv). What I would like to do is to retire
    the old SRV1. The new server should be name at the end with the name of the
    server that is retiring. The name of the new server should be SRV1. The new
    file server should have the same name because of the UNC needs.

    How can I accomplish this?

    In the case I renamed the Old server to SVR1ret- How can I rename that
    server back to its original server name (SVR1)? Is this possible?
    DMI, Sep 24, 2009
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  2. Setup the new server as a member server of the domain with a temporary name
    and IP address.
    If necessary Use robocopy to copy over the
    files and retain the security. something like robocopy x:\ y:\ /sec /r:2
    /w:2. Then use Windows GUI to share the folders. If necessary Use Print
    migrator to
    backup the printers on the old server and restore them to the new server.

    I would keep the new server as a member server during this part.

    Plan on about an hour of down time for the next part, maybe do this on a
    Friday evening??/
    Once you get all the printers and files to the new server, run DCpromo to
    remove AD.
    Once a member server rename and change IP address.
    Give the new server the proper name and IP address
    and promote to DC. If you have AD integrated DNS let it replicate. AD
    integrated DNS makes the DNS part easy.
    The longest task is to copy over the files but you can either do the
    robocopy during the week and just do a refresh before starting or do the
    robocopy after you make the new server a DC (if necessary) and cut the
    robocopy script loose as the last step and let it run over the weekend.

    You might consider stopping the shares on the existing server before running
    the robocopy to make sure users are not in the files.

    Danny Sanders, Sep 24, 2009
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  3. As long as two don't have the same name at the same time you can name or
    rename any way you want to. Just let the dynamic DNS entries "catch up"
    between each rename (same for WINS entries).
    Phillip Windell, Sep 24, 2009
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    DMI Guest

    Thank you Danny so much. I do have a question - I will be using BackupExec
    to copy and restore the information from the old server into the new server.
    I am not going to be using the robocopy utility - In the information you sent
    to me you mention to run the DCpromo to remove the DM. Can you please tell
    me why should I run this? Both of the servers are part of the domain but
    they are not DC. Do I still need to run the DCPromo to remove the old
    server? If this is the case can you please provide some instructions on how
    to accomplish this?

    Thank you once again for the information!
    DMI, Sep 24, 2009
  5. Skip the DCPromo thing if they aren't DCs.

    I'v never used Robo Copy so I didn't think of that,...I was thinking of
    doing it with NTBackup from a fresh tape backup (as you are doing with
    BackupExec). I'm pretty sure it preserves the permissions, but I haven't
    actually done it. The last time I replaced a File Server is wasn't that
    complex and so I just rebuilt the permission manually after creating a
    report of them using DumpSec from Somarsoft. It was a good opportunity to
    clean up the permissions anyway.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft,
    or anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, Sep 24, 2009
  6. If you are not dealing with Domain controllers that makes it even easier,
    skip the dcpromo part. You can use NT backup but I would suggest robocopy
    and use the /LOG option so you can go through the log and see everything
    that happened.

    Map a drive from the new server to the old.
    New server(Drive where the files are to be stored)) = X, old server(Drive of
    files to be moved) = Y run this script on the old server: robocopy y:\ x:\
    /sec /r:2 /w:3 /log:c:\robocopylog.

    This will create a log on the root of the C drive on the new server giving
    all the details of the copy/failed files. You can save the script and run it
    periodically during the week leading up to your friday cutover.

    Danny Sanders, Sep 24, 2009
  7. DMI

    DMI Guest

    Thank you so much for your help.

    I just have two more question - How can we be sure we copy everything for
    the share directories including directories and subdirectories into the new

    The following is the command I am using right now.

    robocopy y:\ x:\ /sec /E /r:2 /w:3 /log:c:\robocopylog

    This utility is really working great!

    My second question is - How can we copy ONLY the files in all of the
    directories and subdirectories that has been changed since the last time I
    run this utility? What is the especial switch to do this?

    Thank you once again for your great help!
    DMI, Sep 25, 2009
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    DMI Guest

    Phillip - Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and information with us -
    We really appreciated very much.
    DMI, Sep 25, 2009
  9. I just have two more question - How can we be sure we copy everything for

    By using the /E switch like you have here.
    That's why I use robocopy, It is smart enough to only copy the files that
    change, you can see this if you create another log on the second robocopy
    and compare the two.

    Danny Sanders, Sep 25, 2009
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    Hank Arnold Guest

    What is/are the role(s) of the server? In many cases, you can just
    rename the server (assuming the old one is renamed or gone). There are a
    few situations, like SQL server, where additional actions may need to be


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold, Sep 27, 2009
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