replace the old windows 2000 server with new server with windows 2

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Kevin, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    My company will buy a new server to replace the old windows 2000 server. The
    old server is the only DC in the domain, it's also the only exchange server
    2003 in the domain.(I know that's not good to put DC and exchange on the same
    server, but it's done before I joined the company) It's the Ras server for
    vpn, DHCP server, Wins server. It's also the only Anti-virus server in the
    company. There are a few member server in the domain.
    My question is what the proper procedure is to do the upgrade from the old
    windows2000 to the new windows2003. Because after the upgrade the new server
    should have the same server name and ip address with the old one, and the old
    one should be retired from the network.
    Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.
    Kevin, Mar 18, 2008
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  2. Hello Kevin,

    If you have only one DC keeping the old name you can only achieve with an
    inplace upgrade from the old one. With the same name itis really more work.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, Mar 18, 2008
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  3. Having a new name makes the migration a lot easier, as you can do it in
    stages, and start from a clean install. You already have the hardware. Once
    the process is completed, you can retire the old hardware
    Richard H. Rowson, Mar 18, 2008
  4. No - the new server should (and must) have a new name and IP address. No
    need (or way) to have the same one unless you want to do all this work twice
    (and it can't be a DC at that point).

    Also, don't upgrade anything in place if you can avoid it. Here's what I'd

    Set up a W2003 box as a member server in the domain
    [If you're also going to make this a DC, which is not recommended - run
    adprep, run dcpromo, install DNS, transfer the FSMO roles, etc]
    Install Exchange & apply the same SP you have on the old server
    Move mailboxes & replicate public folders to the new Exchange server
    Have everyone open Outlook once to make sure it can automatically find the
    new mailbox/server
    Follow MS KB article 822931 to remove the first Exchange server from the

    Do whatever you want with the existing server - you can dcpromo it at this
    point if you want, if your AD / DNS replication is working properly.

    Do not run dcpromo on any box running Exchange or you'll break it.

    Check out
    for some more help.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Mar 18, 2008
  5. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Thanks for the help. We decided that leave the only DC alone and move the
    exchange server 2003 from the DC to the new hardware. Our current server os
    is windows 2000 server, the new server will be windows 2003 server R2. My
    question is : Is there a problem to move the exchange2003 from win2k server
    to win2k3 server.


    Kevin, Mar 19, 2008
  6. No, there shouldn't be - follow the steps I provided / in the article.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Mar 19, 2008
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