replacing main server in a 1 server network.

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Tony, Apr 6, 2006.

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    Tony Guest

    I have a 1- server network. It is the DC, DHCP, DNS and print server of my
    small network. It is a Win2003 server. I'm planning to replace it with a
    beef up server.
    This is my plan of action.

    1. build the new server
    2. add it to the domain and make it a domain controller
    3. after the sync., demote the old server and dcpromo the new server
    4. make the new server a DHCP, DNS, print server
    5. turn off the old server.

    Please let me know if i'm doing it wrong or if there is a better ways.
    Thank you in advance.
    Tony, Apr 6, 2006
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    Al Mulnick Guest

    Step 4 might be a problem if you're using integrated DNS.
    Might be best to create the second instance, make it a DNS server when you
    promote it or shortly after but before you demote the original. Also,
    although the program should do it for you when you demote, you will need to
    seize the roles. Keep an eye out to make sure that on demotion the original
    passes the roles over to the new server.

    Would also be a good idea to let the new server "burn-in" for a little while
    before putting the full weight on it.

    Al Mulnick, Apr 6, 2006
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    Simon Guest

    TO be h onest, once you've got the second DC up and running, unless you
    desparately need to retire it (e.g.: reuse the hardware/run out of network
    ports in your server room) I would maintain it, that way if your new DC
    crashes and burns, then you will still have a working network.

    You should have two DNS servers on an AD network for redundancy as AD relies
    Simon, Apr 7, 2006
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    Tony Guest

    Thanks, I will keep both suggestions on hand when doing it.
    Tony, Apr 7, 2006
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