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Migration Tips from NT4.0 to 2000 Server

By Paz ·
Our Co. is migrating our data files from a NT system to a newly built 2000 Server. We use applications such as Peach Tree, Goldmine, Outlook and Excell. All application Does anybody have and suggestions, tips, WATCHOUT's or Try doing this's for us? We are new at this and using this change over as a training tool. Just trying to get our feet WET!

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by Paz In reply to Migration Tips from NT4.0 ...

Can the existing data files from the applications we use be uploaded onto a 2000 server OS? If not, any suggestions?

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by timwalsh In reply to Migration Tips from NT4.0 ...

You are really asking a very general question here without giving us any specifics on what your current network setup is. You leave a lot of room for people to read into your question and give you answers that may have no bearing on what you're really trying to accomplish. Please don't shy away from asking questions when you need help, but the more information (and specific information) you can give us, the better answers we can give you back.

Based on what you have said so far, it sounds like you are just moving data files from a server runing NT4 to a server running Win2K. If that is the case (vs. a domain migration), your move will be fairly painless. You will obviously need to recreate any shares on the new server and reset any permissions on files and folders. You will also need to point users to the new file locations (remapping shares). However, once this is done, the change will be essentially transparent to users. Administration of the new server will be different (new and different administration tools - some are combined; some have different names), but not dramatically so. Administration concepts are still pretty much the same. No real potential problems areas to worry about in this scenario.

If you areactually conducting a domain migration (changing from an NT4-based domain to a Win2K ACtive Directory Domain), that is a whole different ball of wax. You will definitely need to give us some more details about your setup to get some good, useful answers.

Good Luck.

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by timwalsh In reply to Migration Tips from NT4.0 ...

Couple of things to watch out for:

PeachTree/Goldmine: Not being familiar with this software, I think your best bet would be for whoever administers these programs to save the data files to the new location from within the programs themselves (vs. just copying from one server to the other). This should alleviate any potential issues, as I will discuss under Outlook below. Of course, you will need to make sure all users (and their software) know where to look for the data files.

Outlook: If users are storing saved email in personal folder files (*.pst) and these files exist somewhere on the server (vs. on individual computers), it isn't just as simple as moving the .pst files to the new location. In Outlook, the Personal Folders service will let you change the location of the .pst file (from within Outlook) once it has been created. To move a .pst file, follow these steps:
1. Close Outlook on each desktop.
2. Copy/move .pst files to the new server.
3. In email profiles on each individual computer, delete the Personal Folders service (this has no effect on the actual .pst file.
4. Reinstall the Personal Folders service. When prompted for a location, browse to the location on the new server and choose the previously create .pst file.
If .pst file exist on individual computers or you don't use .pst files (email is stored on an Exchange server somewhere, disregard the above - nothing will change for the users.
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by timwalsh In reply to Migration Tips from NT4.0 ...

Excel: The only potential issue I see is if you link multiple spreadsheets together, or other applications link to data in Excel spreadsheets. If other applications are linked to Excel spreadsheets, you may need to go back to those applications and verify links or maybe re-link data.
If you just have multiple spreadsheets linked within Excel, it depends on whether the data was linked using relative or absolute references. If references are absolute (i.e. formula points to data in a specific cell, in a specific spreadsheet, in a specific folder, on a specific drive) (you can tell by looking at the cell reference in the formula ? if it includes a dollar sign, it is an absolute reference), you will probably need to go back and recreate all your links. If the reference is relative (location of source in relation to location of formula), as long individual files maintain the same relative location to each other on the new server, you shouldn?t have any problems (or need to make any changes). For more info on relative and absolute references, search Excel Help for those topics.

In general, data on a network share will be viewed the same way by a client application or user no matter what operating system is actually making the share available.

Hope this helps.

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