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By mhbengal ·
Is there a way to backup/export the information in User Manager for Domains (Username, Full Name, Group Memberships) so it can be utilised on a fresh NT PDC, just by importing/restoring the information already backed up. I need the Export and the Import methods.

Mustapha

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by NTADMIN599271 In reply to Importing User Manager In ...

You need to build your new PDC as a BDC in the same domain- let the directory database replicate (give it an hour or two to be safe-- usually only takes a few minutes depending on the size of the domain and network speed) and then promote the new serverto PDC using Server Manager.

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by ramana In reply to Importing User Manager In ...

A utility called addusers.exe is useful to do this job. Here is the procedure

Run the following command on the machine from where the user information needs to be exported

addusers /d <filename>

Run the following command on the machine where this needs to be imported

addusers /c <filename>

Note: Log on as an Administrator to perform these operations. This utility comes with NT Resource Kit. Also be careful not to use the option /e which would delete all the user information. The same thingan be achieved by making the new machines as BDC and then promoting it as PDC.

-Ramana
ramana@sigmainc.com

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by rob.wilcox1 In reply to Importing User Manager In ...

If you already have the domain setup, and it sounds like you do, then you probably have a PDC, and a number of BDC's. The best way to create a new PDC is

1) Install the new machine as a BDC.
2) Apply all the service packs and other updates as you require.
3) Leave the machine running and allow it time to replicate the user accounts from your PDC (this can take some time depending on the size of your domain and the connection speed between your PDC and your new BDC).
4) Promote your new BDC to PDC using Server Manager.

You'll now have all three machines running, your newest machine will be PDC and the other two will be BDCs. You can then take your old PDC off-line or whatever you want to do with it.

Cheers

Rob Wilcox

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by Daer In reply to Importing User Manager In ...

Yes this can be done the way everyone here has suggested, however one of the things they have not informed you of, you MUST have installed NT with this computer already on the network as atleast a BDC. If you install NT on it as a stand alone and then try to make it the PDC of a network, it will never work smoothly. My advice is, if you have already installed NT, use your friend Fdisk or reinstall the operating system while you are on the network, choose to set it up as a BDC. By doing this you will Copy the SAM and all the identification codes that have been set up for that network. You can then shut down your PDC, Promote your NEW bdc to the PDC and run your tests. If there are any problems, you just shut down the system and fire up your old PDC. Good luck

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by TRS Suresh In reply to Importing User Manager In ...

Mustapha Mustapha Don't Worry Mustapha,

ADSI is there. You can utilise on it.

Use Windows Scripting with ADSI and Export to an Excel Sheet. Use that file for creating the users on the new NT Server.

If you need more info on this,
goto http://cwashington.netreach.net and look for ADSI FAQ. And also look into
http://www.microsoft.com/ADSI

Still you are not able to understand what it is and if you think it will take more time, then drop me an email. I can help you on this.
My email address is trs_suresh@HTCinc.com

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