Questions regarding replacing 2008r2 DCs? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Not sure where to ask standard Windows Admin questions on here these days.  If you let me know I will move this or repost there.  At any rate this is what I'm trying to find out.

    I 'm working with a company now that had the IT person leave unexpectedly.  I have looked over the system and there are a number of updates I need to make.  One such update is to replace their 2008r2 DCs with 2012r2.  They have one piece of software that does badly with DCs beyond that and until that changes we need to stick to 2012r2.  They have 3 sites - siteA has 2 DCs, siteB and siteC each have one.  They have nearly 200 PCs in siteA with static IPs and DNS config.  I have added a 2012 DC in each site.  I intend to move FSMO to the new DC in siteA. The plan right now:
    Because of the static IPs/DNS, the pcs in siteA have the two 2008r2 servers for dns.  I think I need to
    1. demote and then remove one of the current 2008r2 servers from the domain.
    2. add a new server to the domain with the same ip as the recently removed server and promote it
    3. do the same for the other 2008r2 DC.

    My questions:
    A. Does that sound correct?
    B.  How long should I wait between demoting the server, removing from the domain and then reintroducing the new serfver with the same IP?
    C. The other offices are small so we will just visit the PCs to switch DNS.  One problem I found was that if the WAN was down, people in those sites could not hit the internet.  This makes me think the DCs there can't function without forwarding all requests to the main office.  What should I add to the new DCs make that not happen?

    Thanks for your help!

    Monday, September 28, 2020 5:11 PM