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Change Domain Controller

By timmysileshi ·
I need some opinion or guide as to how i should approach this. We just took over a company (oldlocal.com). And would like to change the name of the DC to the new company name (newlocal.com). Currently all client pc's log on to the domain oldlocal.com to get access to files on the file server, internet, pmserver ...

we have 5 servers in the oldlocal.com domain.
1) File server (DC)AD
2) Accounting server (member server)
3) project mserver (member server)
4) web server (member server)
5) print server (member server)

and have about 20 desktop pc's

i just want to be able to have the 20 computers to logon to newlocal.com

** i have a6th server sitting doing nothing. **

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ADMT!

by retro77 In reply to Change Domain Controller

Active Directory Migration Tool!

Use that 6th server to create newlocal.com. Then follow the ADMT guide to migrate to the new domain. I posted some stuff in the past for ADMT reference. I'lls ee if I can dig it up.

edit: Here is the link to the guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D99EF770-3BBB-4B9E-A8BC-01E9F7EF7342&displaylang=en

The tool is free my Microsoft. Test with test accounts, test groups and test PCs before you do it for real. Its can be kinda tricky. Let us know how it goes!

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ADMT V3

by timmysileshi In reply to ADMT!

Thanks for your quick reply.
here is somewhat a follow-up question.
Currently all the servers are running 2K server, the 6th one i am trying to introduce will be server 2003. I don't need to keep the old.com server on the network anymore if i bring in new.com. Also, there are only 10 employees with very few privileges to work on.
With that in mind, do u still suggest i "migrate" using ADMT?

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Yes

by retro77 In reply to ADMT V3

Its up to you but I recommend it. People will keep their same account, password and desktop profile. If you just stand up the new domain, you gotta go to every workstation join a workgroup, reboot, join the new domain, reboot, then log each user onto their workstation and move their stuff over and reconfigure their profiles.

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Windows Server 2003?

by CG IT In reply to Change Domain Controller

With W2003 Serveryou can change the domain name. if it's not W2003 Server, then your stuck with a smaller # of options. 1 would be to migrate to a new domain.2 would be to create a child domain 3. would be to create 2 domains and establishing a 2 way trust between them.

of them all where your not running W2003 Server, the least effort with the least final resultive administrative effort would be migrate to a new domain.

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Migrate ADMT

by timmysileshi In reply to Windows Server 2003?

Thanks for your quick reply.
here is somewhat a follow-up question.
Currently all the servers are running 2K server, the 6th one i am trying to introduce will be server 2003. I don't need to keep the old.com server on the network anymore if i bring in new.com. Also, there are only 10 employees with very few privileges to work on.
With that in mind, do u still suggest i "migrate" using ADMT?

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If your intent on changing the domain name

by CG IT In reply to Migrate ADMT

that's the key to the whole discussion. you can easily introduce a W2003 DC into a W2K platform network. all that must be done is addprep/forestprep and addprep/domainprep to change the W2K schema to work with W2003 Schema. After that, you can simply retire old servers with new W2003 servers and juggle around the server roles. once that's done, you could change the domain name [W2003 allows this].

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Agree

by retro77 In reply to If your intent on changin ...

CG might just have the best option there.

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