Forklift 2008: Replace 2003 Domain Controller with 2008 R2 Using the Same Name

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WANT AN UPDATE TO THIS GUIDE? If you'd like me to update this guide for Server 2012 R2 and beyond, or to see a similar guide for SQL Server, drop a comment at the bottom of this page and let me know. This document details the procedure for replacing an original domain controller running Windows 2000 Server or higher (referred to in this document as SOURCE) with another server running Windows 2000 Server or higher (referred to in this document as DESTINATION). During this procedure you will need a third server for temporary use (referred to in this document as TRANSITIONAL) – normally, this server is introduced in the form of a virtual machine, but a physical machine is also acceptable. NOTE: this document assumes that all forest operations will be…
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How to Transfer a Windows Domain Controller to New Hardware (DC FORKLIFT)

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I wrote this whitepaper up for use at work and thought the community at large could benefit from it. It's all kind of dated information now with Server 2008 coming into the mainstream but I figure it can't hurt to have it out there. Click here for the document in Microsoft Word format: dcforklift-updated.doc Update December 11, 2010: See the updated version to transfer your domain controller to Server 2008 R2 x64 from Server 2003. How to Transfer a Windows 2000 or 2003 Domain Controller to New Hardware This document details the procedure for replacing an original domain controller running Windows 2000 Server or higher (referred to in this document as SOURCE) with another server running Windows 2000 Server or higher (referred to in this document as DESTINATION). During this…
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