I have a small network with one Windows Server 2008 Foundation (as DC) (and one Windows Server machine as a member server). Now I want to replace existing DC (Foundation edition!) with completely new machine with Windows Server 2012 Standard. Knowing that Foundation edition has many license restrictions, I want to know whether I could do it in following way:
- add new machine (with Windows Server 2012 standard) as another DC do existing domanin
- move any domain related services (DNS, DHCP) and user data to new machine
- shutdown original DC with Windows Server 2008 Foundation (with or without deleting it from AD?)
Did above scenario is possible/acceptable? Should I expect any problems? And one more question. It would be nice if new server could get the same name as old one (so users shouldn't even notice that server was replaced) but as I know changing DC name is not allowed. Any ides how could I achieve this goal?
Thank in advance for any suggestions.