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By ehilton2004 ·
I work for a nonprofit/volunteer organization in Houston, TX. I don't have the funds to hire someone to set up our new server so I have to do it myself...
We are currently running NT 4.0 with Exchange Server 5.5 on it. I am setting up our new server in a different office just until I know I set everyhting up correctly, then I will switch the two servers out. I have Advanced Server 2000 installed on the new server. I'm not sure how to setup or configure the new server. I have tried to install Exchange Server 5.5 on the new server, but I keep getting the error that "The computer (new server) has to be on an NT domain. However, I already have the new server on the same domain as the old one. It won't let me activate the Active Directory either. Our old server crashes constantly and it really effects our day-to-day operations with our volunteer groups. HELP!!!!!!!

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by dmiles In reply to HELP************

Cut and paste the following URL,with no spaces in URL

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to HELP************

1. New server should have a different name from the old server.
2. If installing Active Directory, then you need:
a) DNS installed and configured.
b) NOT be a member of the NT4 domain, should be a workgroup, when dcpromo it, it should then be a member of its own new domain.

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by CG IT In reply to HELP************;en-us;260871&Product=win2000

use the ADMT tool as outlined in the above article.

What you do is setup your domain on W2K with Active Directory seperate from your NT domain, then use the tool to migrate user accounts, etc into active directory. It's not a cut and dry matter and has lots of glitches that could happen. A better course of action is to upgrade your NT server to W2K and install AD, then if it's a failing server add in another new server with DNS, AD and replicate, then dcpromo demote the failing machine off the network.

Exchange 5.5 has it's own quirks in migrating to an Active Directory environment. heres an article that applies to Exchange 5.5 migration to W2K AD environment that deals with the Global Catalog which is probably why you cant install it on the W2K Advanced Server if it's a DC;en-us;275127&Product=ech

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by Brazen1 In reply to HELP************

Why not use Server 2003? I've never done an NT domain upgrade to Active Directory, but supposedly it is possible. Here is a link to an article on the exact thing you are looking to do:

If you don't have many users, you could also just set up a Windows 2000 domain from scratch, keeping it completely seperate from the NT domain, and adding all the users by hand. A pretty daunting task if you have more than 30 - 50 users, but possibly simpler than an upgrade if you only have a few users.

Also if you don't ever expect to go over 250 users, check out Microsoft Small Business Server 2003.

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