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How 2 easily change workstations domain

By P. Dickason, CNE, MCSE, CCA ·
Hi
We are currently going through a process to upgrade a windows NT 4 network to Windows 2000. We are upgrading equipment also so the new system will reside in parallel to the old until next weekend when we put the win2k system into production andremove NT4. What I would like to know is there a process I easily move the workstations to the new win2k domain without having to go to each one and join it manually. RIS is not really an option for us either. And unfortunately the pre-2000 domain name is different than the NT4 domain name also since they are both up and running on the same network. Have any good ideas?
Thanks
Pete

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by timwalsh In reply to How 2 easily change works ...

Unfortunately, your only choice will be to do it manually from each workstation since you chose not to follow the migration path.

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by Steve Merrill In reply to How 2 easily change works ...

For however long it takes to go to each computer and change it, which looks like the only long-term solution, you could set the 2 domains up to trust each other, then the cached values for each individuals computer would get them in, and the trust would allow them network access.

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by khuffmanjr In reply to How 2 easily change works ...

set up a trust between the two domains so that the users will see the new domain in the "Log on to" box at the logon screen.

configure a policy for the new domain that applies a logon script that runs the "netdom" command to join the computers tothe new domain. apply this policy to the domain.

when you are ready to move the computers, have your users logon to the new domain. the "netdom" command will run if the policy is set up correctly, and your computers should then be in the new domain. just keep in mind that the users will have to have local admin rights to change domain/workgroup settings for the machine, and you will need to reboot the machines for the settings to take effect. these can be done with the logon script as well.

this solution werx. i werk for a company that is in the middle of a migration right now (50,000+ users, multiple NT4 domains migrating to a single Win2K domain). also, may i suggest leaving the NT4 domain online until you are certain there are no problems with the new one. its good for your users to be able to log on to the old domain in case they have problems accessing resources with the new account. my company won't take the old NT4 domains offline until we finish migrating resources.

also, you should add your users' NT4 SIDs to the SID Historys of their new accounts in Active Directory. this ensures that either account has access to resources, i.e., if give permissions to the user's NT4 account, his Win2k account also hasaccess. the trust between domains must be inplace though...

hope this helps.

K

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