Most people are running their Active Directory Domains now on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 R2, and want to upgrade their domain controllers to Windows Server 2008 to benefit from the new features that Windows 2008 AD offers. In a previous article,
I have shown you how to perform an In-Place
Upgrade from W2K3 DC to Windows Server 2008 , in today's article, I will be showing how to migrate your Active Directory Domain Controller from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 on a new hardware
In my lab, I have the following:
A Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with Service Pack 2.
This is the domain controller in my lab that I intend to migrate.
A Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition. This is the machine I intend to setup as my new domain controller that will replace
In a nutshell, we will perform the following:
So lets starts :
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It is also worth mentioning the importance of identifying references to the demoted domain controller in applications, scripts, DHCP scopes, and static DNS entries on server NICs. For that last point, it is fairly trivial to identify and replace DNS server search order instances via WMI.