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installing a new PDC

By northwood ·
I have 300 NT 4.0 workstations and one NT 4.0 Server as a PDC which is also used as a file server I just bought a new server computer. I need to install the new computer as the PDC to replace to old PDC. How do I transfer the old PDC to the New server. I know I will need to initailly install the new server as a BDC, then synch it with the old PDC, then upgrade it to a PDC. However, the workstations all have short cuts to files and folders on the old PDC.

So, How do I duplicate thenew PDC server to the file server from the old PDC and the same folders accessed by the shortcuts on the workstatons? I am trying to avoid having to recreate all the shortcuts on the workstaions.

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by NetTek In reply to installing a new PDC

Once you have your setup with the new PDC and the BDC (former PDC), you can rename the BDC to a different name, then rename the PDC to that of the old PDC. You can then move folders using the SCOPY.EXE command found on the resource kit. This will allow you to copy files and folders from one server to the other and will keep NTFS permissions. Also, decent backup software will also allow you to transfer files to the new PDC and keep permissions.

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by NetTek In reply to installing a new PDC

You may have to "re-share" you shares on the new PDC after using SCOPY, but that is easier than repointing all of your workstations to a new share.

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by northwood In reply to installing a new PDC

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by ITAdmin-Dquick In reply to installing a new PDC

The more proper way to do this is to setup the new computer you just aquired, set it up as a BDC, then in Server Manager for Domains, Promote the new computer as PDC and demote the old server to BDC status.

Having a BDC will lessen the authentication responsability of the PDC and placing it elsewere strategically on the network will process requests much more quickly.

Hope this helps.

Renaming is not a good idea.

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