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Change Installation Settings for Server Replacement

Updated: March 10, 2009

If you discover that you need to make changes to the installation settings in Windows EBS when you are replacing a server, you can use the Active Directory Service Interfaces Editor (ADSI Edit) to make the changes. This document explains how to change the DNS and DHCP installation settings.

Changing the DNS and DHCP installation settings

If you want to change DNS settings in the Active Directory configuration store, perform the steps in the following procedure.

To change DNS settings
  1. Do not cancel the Windows EBS Installation Wizard. Press SHIFT+F10 on the computer to open the Command Prompt window.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type adsiedit.msc.

  3. In the left pane of ADSI Edit, right-click ADSI Edit, and then click Connect to.

  4. In the Connection Settings dialog box, click Select a well known Naming Context.

  5. In the Naming Context list, click Configuration, and then click OK.

  6. In the left pane of ADSI Edit, expand the Configuration connection point object, expand the Configuration container, and then expand the Services container.

  7. Under the Services container, expand the MMSConfiguration container, right-click the DnsServers container, and then click Properties.

  8. In DnsServers Properties, in the Attributes list, click the keywords attribute, and then click Edit.

  9. In the Value to add text box, type the new DNS addresses. The addresses must be in the following format:

    DnsAddresses= <IP address> , <IP address>

    (Replace the <IP address> placeholders with the new DNS addresses.)

    ImportantImportant
    Do not type spaces between the equal sign and the values or between the comma and the IP addresses.
  10. Click Add.

  11. In the Values list, click the old DNS addresses value, and then click Remove.

  12. Click OK to close the Multi-valued String Editor dialog box, and then click OK to close DnsServers Properties.

  13. If you do not need to make additional setting changes, restart the computer and complete the wizard.

If you want to change DHCP settings in the Active Directory configuration store, perform the steps in the following procedure.

To change DHCP settings
  1. Do not cancel the Windows EBS Installation Wizard. Press SHIFT+F10 on the computer to open the Command Prompt window.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type adsiedit.msc.

  3. In the left pane of ADSI Edit, right-click ADSI Edit, and then click Connect to.

  4. In the Connection Settings dialog box, click Select a well known Naming Context.

  5. In the Naming Context list, click Configuration, and then click OK.

  6. In the left pane of ADSI Edit, expand the Configuration connection point object, expand the Configuration container, and then expand the Services container.

  7. Under the Services container, expand the MMSConfiguration container, right-click the DhcpTask container, and then click Properties.

  8. In DhcpTask Properties, in the Attributes list, click the keywords attribute, and then click Edit.

  9. In the Value to add box, type the new DHCP value. The value must be in the following format:

    <DHCP keyword> = <DHCP value>

    For example, you can change the DHCPDnsServerIP=<IP address> value.

    (Replace the <IP address> placeholder with the new IP address.)

    ImportantImportant
    Do not type spaces between the equals sign and the values. You must type the keyword with the same capitalization as the original entry.
  10. Click Add.

  11. Click the old DHCP value in the Values list, and then click Remove.

  12. Repeat steps 8 through 10 for each DHCP value that you want to change.

  13. To close the Multi-valued String Editor dialog box, and then click OK twice.

  14. If you do not need to make additional setting changes, restart the computer and complete the wizard.

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