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NT 4.0 NFR , Can it be upgraded without

By jmoses ·
On the new job about 8 weeks - moved all the users over to a new Domain and then I realize why my boss had everyone on before as "Administrator" on a workgroup.... the NTS was NFR (Not For Resale) version and only allows 5 connections.

Now that we have REAL copies of NTS - can I re-install NT over this NFR installation (as a REPAIR?) and not lose anything? Or will I have to wipe the drive clean and restart?

Looking for the best way to take NTS 4. (SP6) from NFR to Full version.
Thanks,jmoses@tagaudit.com

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by wpatrey In reply to NT 4.0 NFR , Can it be up ...

It sounds like you have had a patchwork system before you. I would suggest starting over and building it the way you want. It may take a little more time in the beginning but it will probably avoid headaches in the future.

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by jmoses In reply to NT 4.0 NFR , Can it be up ...

You would not believe the patch work here - took a while but finally replaced FreeBSD 2.4 running sendmail with Exchange 5.5.
A lot of work ahead.
Still need to know if the upgrade process is possible.

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by DC1 In reply to NT 4.0 NFR , Can it be up ...

Rebuild a PC or another server class machine as a BDC and then promote it to the PDC. Move data from old PDC to knew PDC. Rebuild old PDC with Full Version of NT and repeat process of promotion and data transfer. I would also see if starting the install of the full version recognizes the NFR version and does a straight upgrade.

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by jmoses In reply to NT 4.0 NFR , Can it be up ...

This is a good migration plan. But the NTS (NFR) is not the PCD or BDC just stand alone.
I built a fresh PDC on another machine and it is good. This NTS(NFR) is a PRODUCTION machine and the fear is if I try to upgrade it and it breaks we are down for awhile (even with a backup). I have 2 new servers on order, but it's hard to wait. I'd like to act now. Has anyone tried to upgrade a NFR machine??? Will it even allow it???
This is the big question.

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