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Upgrade Win2012 DC to 2019

Hi,

I need to upgrade a Windows 2012 Domain Controller to Windows 2019 but need to keep the same IP Address. Which of these two paths is better?

  1. Add an additional DC with Windows 2019 and transfer FSMO Roles to it. Demote Windows 2012 DC. Install another 2019 DC with the same IP address as the old Windows 2012 one and finally transfer the FSMO roles to it.

or

  1. Install a new Windows 2019 DC, transfer FSMO roles to it. Demote Windows 2012 DC and then change the IP address of the new Windows 2019 DC?


Thanks.


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Either one will work out.

The two prerequisites to introducing the first 2019 domain controller are that domain functional level needs to be 2008 or higher and older sysvol FRS replication needs to have been migrated to DFSR
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Storage-at-Microsoft/Streamlined-Migration-of-FRS-to-DFSR-SYSVOL/ba-p/425405

I'd use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health correcting all errors found before starting any operations. Then stand up the new 2019, patch it fully, license it, join existing domain, add active directory domain services, promote it also making it a GC (recommended), transfer FSMO roles over (optional), transfer pdc emulator role (optional), use dcdiag / repadmin tools to again verify health, when all is good you can decommission / demote old one.


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Just checking if there's any progress or updates?

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createshare-7115 answered DSPatrick commented

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, I have just discovered that the server hardware we have does not support Windows 2019. I have postponed the upgrade until we get a new server.

Thanks.

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Ok, sounds good, you're welcome.

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Hi,

I managed to install win2019 on the server but after I ran dcdiag /q, I found errors on the second DC and the sysvol and netlogon folders are missing in second DC.

C:\>dcdiag /q
Warning: DsGetDcName returned information for \\dc1.domain.local, when
we were trying to reach DC2.
SERVER IS NOT RESPONDING or IS NOT CONSIDERED SUITABLE.
......................... DC2 failed test Advertising
Unable to connect to the NETLOGON share! (\\DC2\netlogon)
[DC2] An net use or LsaPolicy operation failed with error 67,
The network name cannot be found..
......................... DC2 failed test NetLogons
An error event occurred. EventID: 0x00000014
Time Generated: 10/30/2021 06:32:54
Event String:
Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update
with error 0x80246013: 2021-04 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server 2012 f
or x64-based Systems (KB5001401).
An error event occurred. EventID: 0x0000272C
Time Generated: 10/30/2021 07:01:42
Event String:
DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer 8.8.8.8 using any o
f the configured protocols; requested by PID 1300 (C:\Windows\system32\dcdia
g.exe).
An error event occurred. EventID: 0x0000272C
Time Generated: 10/30/2021 07:02:03
Event String:
DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer 8.8.4.4 using
any of the configured protocols; requested by PID 1300 (C:\Windows\system32
\dcdiag.exe).
......................... DC2 failed test SystemLog

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