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I'm not entirely sure this is possible, but here's the situation.
I have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise domain controller which I want to replace the system drive on.
All I want from the old hard drive is the active directory. Nothing else.
There are several reasons I cannot just clone it.
1) It currently has the free 180 day trial from MS, and I now have a full copy of 2003 Enterprise from my school through academic alliance.
2) It has some other trials like SMS and SQL that I was playing with, but no longer want. (I'm really looking forward to starting fresh)

So, is there any way to just move all my user and computer accounts from active directory on the old hard drive to the new hard drive with only box?

Edit: Forgot to mention that that both the 180 day trial and the full verstion are R2 editions.

Edited by J'Tok, 26 August 2006 - 07:12 PM.

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I think I figured out what I'm going to have to do. I'm going to put VMware or Virtual PC on one of my desktops, install windows werver 2003 on it, make it the primary domain contorller, demote the old server, put in the new HD install WS2k3 make it the primary DC, demote the virtual ws2k3, and call it a day!
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