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Backing up NT 4.0 user accounts???

By tchieng ·
I have a NT 4.0 stand-alone server. It's sole purpose at the time was to provide RAS capability and nothing more. I am installing a new Server (Win2000) that's going to provide that capability as well as other services. My question is how can I migrate or copy the users accounts from the NT 4.0 server to the newly installed Win2000 Server? I don't want to retype all the accounts in again. I know I could do an image of the old hard drive to the new computer and install Win2000 Server on top of that, but I don't want to do that either. Is there a better way???

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by calves In reply to Backing up NT 4.0 user ac ...

If you don't have a Domain, and all the accounts are local, you'll have to upgrade it in order to save the information.
If you do have a domain and this server is the only server, install W2K as an additional domain controller, and after the syncronization you can probably disconnect your original server. To do that, in W2K after installation go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Configure your server, Active Directory.

Good luck!

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by tchieng In reply to Backing up NT 4.0 user ac ...

The NT 4.0 is neither a PDC or BDC. Syncronization won't work unless I upgrade it to Win2000 as well and make it a BDC. Hopefully that's doable.

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by Nate from RI In reply to Backing up NT 4.0 user ac ...

Microsoft has an application called "AddUsers.exe" that will dump accounts to a comma-delimited text file. This file can also be reimported with the same software.
The software is located at ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/reskit/nt40/i386/addusers_x86.exe
read article Q199878 in their knowledge base for info on using AddUsers.

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by tchieng In reply to Backing up NT 4.0 user ac ...

This worked great, but it's missing the password dump. None of our users log onto the domain so I don't know if they'll be promtped to supply a new password or not... But at least I don't have to retype everything!

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