Need to scrap my 2000 DC for a 2003 DC

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by bill, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. bill

    bill Guest


    I have 1 windows 2000 domain controller and about 40 clients of win98,
    win2000 and xp. My windows 2000 DC is dying and cant be upgraded so I am
    going to buy a new server with windows 2003. I want to make this new server
    my domain controller and pull the 2000 DC off the network when done. How do
    I do this? What problems will I run into?
    bill, Mar 13, 2007
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  2. You will actually be upgrading your Win 2k domain to Win 2k3.

    You can run adprep on your existing schema master, add the Win 2k3 server to
    the domain as a member server, run dcpromo to make it a DC, transfer the
    fsmo roles from the Win 2k DC to the Win 2k3 DC,
    Move DNS, DHCP, WINS (if necessary), and the GC.

    this says the source DC should be Win 2k3 or higher but it should work with
    Win 2k also.

    Danny Sanders, Mar 13, 2007
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  3. bill

    Herb Martin Guest

    Install the Win2003 to the domain as a member machine.

    DCpromo it to DC.

    Transfer (NTDSUtil roles) the 5 single master roles (aka FSMO) to the
    new DC.

    Make the new DC a GC.

    Arrange for DNS (and WINS) Server(s) if the departing DC ran your
    name server(s).
    Herb Martin, Mar 13, 2007
  4. Jorge de Almeida Pinto [MVP - DS], Mar 17, 2007
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