Upgrading existing windows 2000 server to the server(hardware)

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I have currently windows 2000 domain controller which is a forest domain and we have installed exchange 2000 server which acts as a front end server for the clustered exchange server 2003 which is running on windows 2003. i need to change this since the existing old server is very old and less amount of memory and hard disk place, please suggest ow to proceed.

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If you are looking to upgrade the Windows 2000 domain controller, all you have to do is install a new domain controller — preferably Windows Server 2003. Make sure that you transfer all of the FSMO roles from the Windows 2000 domain controller to the new domain controller; also any services such file shares and data, printers, DHCP, DNS and WINS are migrated to the new server; however, if you are using AD-Integrated DNS, then it will automatically replicate with AD replication. You also want to make sure to enable the new server as a global catalog server.

Once all of these steps are taken care of, you can simply demote the old domain controller to a member server, remove it from the domain, shut it down and take it offline.

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  • Kblock
    You have an Exchange 2000 front end for an Exchange 2003 cluster? Are you saying that this front end is also a DC?
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