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Move user accounts to a new domain controller

I have an existing 2003 SP1 domain, with three other servers attached to it, as well as 80 users. The domain controller/DNS/Active Directory machine is dying and I have ordered a new one that will be arriving soon. Is there a seamless way of moving over user accounts, DNS lists, etc., to the new DC?

I have an existing 2003 SP1 domain, with three other servers attached to it as well as 80 users. The domain controller/DNS/Active Directory machine is dying and I have ordered a new one that is arriving soon. Is there a seamless way of moving over user accounts, DNS lists, etc?
If you add the new domain controller into your existing domain, your user account information will be automatically replicated over to the newly machine. (Be sure to configure the new DC with the necessary FSMO roles, and to configure it as a global catalog server and, if necessary, an authoritative time source.) If you install the new DC after the old one has already failed, you will need to restore your AD database from a backup.
This was first published in November 2006

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