We're planning to replace a Windows 2000 domain controller with a new 2008 DC (new hardware).
We've elected to take the route of getting the 2000 domain schema up-to-snuff, join the 2008 server, upgrade it to a DC, and after replication demote the 2000 server (eventually to be taken off-line).
The goal being to not have to visit all the workstations, and limited domain down-time. :)
We want bring the old server here and do all the backups, Domain prep, migration and role transfers here, and then (hopefully) just plop the new 2008 back in place after it's done, and join the 2000 server back as a member server (so we can then do folder migrations, etc.).
Can this server work be done off-site, without the workstations attached?
If we do this will anything need to be done to the clients, once the new DC is physically in place, so they contact the new 2008 DC; or will they just 'know' and continue on using the existing domain settings/user profiles, etc.?
Thanks in advance! :)