Changing servers – GUID issues with Domain Name

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Hello all, Basically, we have an old windows 2000 small business server, which is running exchange, SQL, ISA and much more. So we are running out of space on a few of teh drives and considering that we are using RAID we cant just add a drive and repartition the C drive to get more space. So the general consensus is that we buy a new server with windows 2003 and exchange 2003, etc... I spoke to a friend of mind who told me that when we change the server, we will have to update all of the client computers because of the new GUID for teh domain name. So even if we use the same domain name the clients wouldnt connect to it because it would have a different GUID. Im assuming this is true, and I am wondering if anyone knows a way around this. In other words, once the new server is up and running can I change the GUID of the domain name? Also please, if anyone could give me the best advice and/or plan to switch out these servers with the least amount of down time. Thanks Adam

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You can make a disk image of the whole system, expand/repartition your drive, then restore the image to the new drive. This way you get to keep the GUID.

I never ran any imaging tools I have on a SBS but I’d assume there’s no issue, as it’s just a bundled win2000 server. I have run Win2000 server imaging many times and never had any issue, except when I need to move things to an entirely different machine.

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  • TNGeorge
    This looks to me like, a time to make some changes. The suggestion to image the old system on to a reconfigured hard drive system, you would not be able to get it to run easily with all new hard ware, is a good idea that can be expanded. Your Win 2k system should be updated. How about a Win 2003 Server R2 with the hosting software addition so that it can host your old system, which you would migrate with the Windows tool and not mess up the original system until it all works. The virtual system then could be used until your done, at which time you add roles to the Win2003 system permit it to take over the domain and evolve the whole network forward? That way it costs you a new machine and OS and some work that should not destroy any thing important.
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