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Changing Standalone Server to PDC

By jthompson ·
I am trying to do some testing on an isolated NT network with one NT 4.0 server and six NT 4.0 work stations. The network was setup using the Workgroup Model instead of the Domain Model.

My problem is I need to conduct my tests on an NT networkusing the Domain Model.

Can I easily convert a Stand Alone server to a Primary Domain Controller or do I need to re-install NT server?

Also, in either case, is there anything I should worry about on the clients?

Any help would be appreciated.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Changing Standalone Serve ...

I did this with no problems. Issues to watch for:

1) I would recommend adding the computer accounts to the PDC before adding the workstation(s) to the domain...NT has been known to have problems with this and it might save you a little time later.

2) If you have ghosted the workstations make sure they have updated SIDs before adding them (basic security issues).

Other than that I personally don't see a need, based on what you stated, to reinstall the server. Good luck!

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by avachon In reply to Changing Standalone Serve ...

Hi, to change nt from a member server to a PDC you have to re-install and choose PDC. Once the PDC is installed, go to each workstation and change its identification (network | identification). Click on the change button and enter change from workgroup to domain and the domain name. You then have to add the workstations to the domain through server manager - click on computer | add to domain. Add each workstation (make sure each workstation has a unique name and matches the name on its identication tab. Hope this helps.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Changing Standalone Serve ...

I did this with no problems. Issues to watch for:

1) I would recommend adding the computer accounts to the PDC before adding the workstation(s) to the domain...NT has been known to have problems with this and it might save you a little time later.

2) If you have ghosted the workstations make sure they have updated SIDs before adding them (basic security issues).

Other than that I personally don't see a need, based on what you stated, to reinstall the server. Good luck!

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