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backing up 2k restoring on server 2k3

By lamczyknic3000 ·
I'm curious to that is it possible to back up the system state and sysvol folders, most importantly the active directory in windows server 2000, and then restore the active directory on a windows server 2003...Or if anyone knows how to copy the existing active directory on the 2k server and copy it onto a 2k3 server that would help greatly.

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by curlergirl In reply to backing up 2k restoring ...

No, you absolutely cannot backup the system state on one server and restore it to another server. The only way to accomplish what you want is to have both servers running Active Directory on the same domain, so that everything is replicated between the two servers.

Hope this helps!

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by CG IT In reply to backing up 2k restoring ...

no you can't.

The schema is different in Windows Server 2003.

part of the upgrade process to W2003 from W2K is addprep/forestpre and addprep/domainprep extension of AD schema.

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by ICB's corner In reply to backing up 2k restoring ...

The system state includes system files, AD database, and so on which are different from 2000 to 2003. And 2003 Schema is more complex.
You can use csvde to export AD information and import in 2003. I guess you have only one 2000 DC, a single machine, and you want to go to 2003.
Much easy is if you have two computers with 2000 DC, transfer FSMO to 2nd computer, install 2003 on 1st, upgrade Schema with forestprep to accept 2003 DC and make 1st computer a 2003 DC with dcpromo. You can use a VirtualPC machine.
Take backup (an image is more suitable) before any action to be sure that you can restore everything if something goes wrong.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=327620

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