I need tips and advice on the easiest way of replacing an old server. I have currently a 10 year old server running win 2003, it is running AD, a shared network drive, SQL server and a few others programs which users access from the server. I am going to purchase a new server with win server 2012.
What would be the easiest way to replace the old server with the new one without the users being affected or knowing the change? I was planning of giving the new server the same IP and network name as the old one.. so all the shared drives and programs links etc stay the same and I will not have to reconfigure all these on the workstations.