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Converting from stand alone to domain se

By rwest ·
Situation: system setup as 3 stand alone servers, acct, main and backup. I need to convert the system over so that the other features will be available such as login hours ect. This requires a Re-install of NT but it has warned me that i will lose all users and permission info. is there a workaround using the SAM from the ERD? or other means? I have already converted the backup to domain server but it won't allow being on the same network name and i can't afford to take the whole system down for a long period of time to make the changeover.

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by 4runner In reply to Converting from stand alo ...

When reinstalling NT choose the repair option. You will be prompted for the ERD.
You will also be prompted to select which type of repair information to restore. THe only major thing that you will lose on the new build is Shares and NTFS permissions. Good Luck

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by guy In reply to Converting from stand alo ...

I do not thing the ERD disk will work.

I would try to get a scripting program that will preserve all the existing users and their settings. Export all the accounts to file, then use the NET ACCOUNTS command to add all those settings to the newdomain.

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by dash242 In reply to Converting from stand alo ...

I can't vouch for the validity of this approach, but this might help you. Go to http://www.algintech.com and look at their u-Promote software. You can download a copy, but I'm not sure if it is crippled. If so, it is only $79 for the license. Itwill do exactly what you are looking for.
(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with Algintech. I have not used their products, and only found this via northernlight.com.)
Good luck.

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by ruturaj In reply to Converting from stand alo ...

There is a third party tool that you would like to look at called upromote at
http://www.algintech.com/
It's cheap and does what you need try it out
Best of Luck.

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by vincent.ouwehand In reply to Converting from stand alo ...

If you already promoted your BDC to PDC, then all User-ID's will be preserved in it's database...

Now for your shares and their rights. I am affraid that you may need to reapply at least the rights to their correct directories, after you reconnect the reinstalled server into the network. This depends on you partition setup. If all data is on different partitions then the WINNT directory (and therefor on a different partition then bootup). If this is true, then your shares will be save, but all rights on the directories will be lost. If everything is on the same partition, then all is lost and you will have to recreate the shares as well. (In all cases you need a ERD that is made a very short while ago). With the ERD you can (as long as the data partitions are not moved/removed) put back the info on the share rights (worked for me quite some times).

If the rights are not on the shares, then the worst of the work is still there.

Good luck,
Vincent Ouwehand
MCSE, The Netherlands

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