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Migrating to W2K server

By Lino767 ·
When I migrate users and computers from NT4.0 server to w2k server, do I need to have all users to log off from the network? or is possible to do it while there is activity on the NT4.0 server?

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by Widgey Woo In reply to Migrating to W2K server

The first domain controller to be upgraded in a Windows NT domain must be the PDC. As you upgrade this server, you will be given the choices of creating a new domain or a child domain, and creating a new forest or a domain tree in an existing forest. For upgrading a domain of three to five servers, create a new domain and a new forest. You should also define the domain name space to set up the top-level name space for the organization. Other domains can be added to the tree as child domains.During the upgrade, you have the opportunity to choose the location of three important files: the database containing user accounts and other Active Directory data, the log file, and the system volume file (SYSVOL). The database and the log file canbe on any type of partition (FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS); the previous SAM database can expand significantly from the size it had with Windows NT Server, so allow plenty of room for it. (Initially, the log file will take up very little space.) The systemvolume file must be on an NTFS partition.

After the first server is upgraded to a Windows 2000 domain controller, it will be fully backward compatible. This means that in a multiple-server environment the domain controller appears as a Windows 2000 domain controller to Windows 2000 servers and clients but emulates a Windows NT 4.0 PDC to other servers and clients.

It is always a good idea to test any upgrade in a lab environment before implementing it in a production environment. To thatend you may remove a BDC from the network and promote it to be a PDC in a private network. Then you can upgrade the PDC in the private network to Windows 2000 Server. If that is successful, you can bring that computer back to the production environment.

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