Moving existing Member servers to new domain ???

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Chad Smith, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Chad Smith

    Chad Smith Guest

    I have one Windows 2000 server and one Windows 2003 server that are
    currently members of the condley.local domain.

    The PDC (I know thats not what they are called in AD but I am old school) is
    running SBS2000. I want to replace the SBS server with a new Windows 2003
    PDC using the same domain name (condley.local).

    Can I remove the two existing member servers from the SBS domain and join
    them to the new Windows 2003 domain?

    Chad Smith, Sep 14, 2005
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    seth Guest

    i don't understand the part about removing the 2 member servers from the sbs
    domain and adding to the *new* 2003 domain...u previously stated u wanted
    the new 2003 pdc to replace the 2000 sbs and use the same domain name. what
    *new* 2003 domain are u referring to?

    and do u plan to replace your 2000 sbs with 2003 sbs or a 2003
    standard/enterprise server?
    seth, Sep 14, 2005
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  3. Chad Smith

    Chad Smith Guest

    My existing domain, called condley.local, consists of the PDC (called
    SBS-Server), a Windows 2000 member server (called Win2kserver) and a Windows
    2003 member server (called Win2k3server).

    I want to get rid of SBS-Server. I am bringing in a new server called
    6YPM481. It will be the new PDC for domain name condley.local (thereby
    replacing SBS-Server). This is the "new" domain I was referring to. It will
    be running Windows 2003 standard server.

    Next I want to join Win2kserver and Win2k3server to the new condley.local
    (6YPM481) domain. To do this I assume I will need to remove them from the
    SBS-Server hosted domain before taking that server down. I will also need to
    remove all workstations from the domain before hand as well.

    My concern is that the existing Win2kserver, Win2k3server and workstations
    wont function correctly after changing the PDC.

    Note: I am using Group Policy to push out a few M$ Office settings.

    Hope that clears things up.

    Does this sound like a workable plan?

    Chad Smith, Sep 14, 2005
  4. Chad Smith

    Robert Moir Guest

    Member servers really won't care about this. All you have to do is turn them
    back into standalone servers in a workgroup, reboot, join the new domain and
    reboot once more and you're done.

    HOWEVER! (and isn't there always one of those in a computer problem?) you
    need to be sure that any server applications running on those member servers
    will respond well to this treatment. This would be a fairly good way to
    crash, burn and write off an Exchange install for example; as a rule of
    thumb, the more tightly bound to AD an application is, the more likely you
    are to have big problems moving the server application from one domain to

    Robert Moir, Sep 14, 2005
  5. Chad Smith

    Chad Smith Guest

    Thanks! Rob.

    Here is my plan for Exchange:
    Backup users Exchange 2000 data to a local .pst file.
    Remove the workstation from the domain
    Install Exchange 2003 on new 2003 PDC. This will be a clean install from
    scratch, no migration or upgrade.
    Join the workstation to the new domain
    Restore the .pst to the new Exchange server

    What do you think?

    Chad Smith, Sep 14, 2005
  6. Chad Smith

    Robert Moir Guest

    That'll certainly work and has the advantage of going to each client and
    catching any odd little local config changes they may have made (their own
    collection of "unofficial" pst files for instance).

    You'll lose single instance storage in Exchange this way but thats probably
    not an issue if the domain is small enough to make this practical in the
    first place!

    Robert Moir, Sep 14, 2005
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