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By ububbaron ·
I am about to replace harddrives in a Windows NT4 Server, which is the one and only PDC/server on our network. I am content to reinstall everything, as I am looking forward to a fresh install. However, I would prefer not to recreate by hand every DOMAIN user account I have setup. Anybody know the proper way to archive/backup that information so it can be reloaded latter?

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by macarelli00 In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

If you have veritas backup, backup tapes and a drive then that would be the way to go. just back up the information and after you load the new hard drive, load veritas on it and do a restore.

If you do not have any of the above, you could also install the new hard drive and hook the old one up as a secondary hard drive and just pull the files you need off of it.

Hope this helps

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by ububbaron In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

Data backup is not my issue, USER ACCOUNT setups are what I am in need of backing up. I have 25 user accounts that I would prefer not to recreate by hand.

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by Mike Mullins In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

The best and fastest way (depending upon how much user data is on the server).
1. Stop user logons (stop Net Logon Service).
2. Install NT server onto another machine. Could be a laptop. Install it as a BDC.
3. Open Server manager and promote your "temporary" BDC to PDC.
4. Backup the server data to tape.
5. Install new hardware.
6. Install NT server (BDC) and complete all the updates.
7. Restore server data from tape.
8. Promote to PDC
9. Kill your old BDC.

That's it. No tricky parts.

Good luck,
0bytes

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by ububbaron In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

Actually, both 0bytes and Steve have viable answers. I probably won't exactly use either one, but you both inspired more ideas and research on my part. Out on TechNet, I found an article that seems to indicate that my simplest answer might be in the Emergency Repair Disk. It seems to allow selective restoration that relaods the SAM DB, which is where user accounts are stored. Thanks for your input...you are welcome to the points!

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/ntwrkstn/reskit/recoverw.asp

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by shasca In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

Chapter 41 - Migrating from an Existing Windows NT Server
This chapter discusses how to migrate user accounts from an existing Windows NT? Server 4.0 to Microsoft? BackOffice? Small Business Server 4.5 using the Microsoft Migrate User Wizard.

Migrate User Wizard Export Mode Processes
The Migrate User Wizard is launched in the export mode from the Autorun page of Small Business Server Disc 1. The wizard performs the following:

Detects the operating system on which it is running.
If the operating system is not Windows NT 4.0 Server, an error message appears. The wizard can only be run on a Windows NT 4.0 Server.

If the operating system is Windows NT 4.0 Server, the wizard will be displayed with the More Information button enabled. Click this button to read more information about migrating users.
The wizard then collects data from NT User Manager, RAS, and Exchange to create the information text file and the user account file.
If Exchange does not exist on the machine, the Exchange fields are left blank in the user account file.

The user account file is created by default as a:\users.txt, however the technology consultant may specify another location.

Then use the import wizard to import the created file. This is specifically for backoffice but should work for NT server

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by ububbaron In reply to Backup User Domain Accoun ...

Actually, both 0bytes and Steve have viable answers. I probably won't exactly use either one, but you both inspired more ideas and research on my part. Out on TechNet, I found an article that seems to indicate that my simplest answer might be in the Emergency Repair Disk. It seems to allow selective restoration that relaods the SAM DB, which is where user accounts are stored. Thanks for your input...you are welcome to the points!

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/ntwrkstn/reskit/recoverw.asp

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