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NT - Win2K / Win2003 upgrade

By flyfshmn ·
Hello all...
I have an existing NT domain. We will be converted into an existing 2000/2003 AD domain under the corparate umbrella in 6-12 months.
I want to upgrade my current domain to 2000/2003 AD AND be able to (without huge headaches) convert my DC's into the existing corparate doamin without data, user, share, security or permissions lost. If this possible? I would like to try to use the Doamin-Rename feature in 2003.
Anyone have any experience with this? Please ask questions if needed for clarification.

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by Sprocket In reply to NT - Win2K / Win2003 upgr ...

If you have the budget get a contracted company to do this for you. It will solve a lot of headaches.

If you do it yourself and get stuck you may not be able to go back. Many people have done it themselve like myself without a hitch, but I have see a couple go bad and I wouldn't do it again.

The other option is purchase a few new servers and build a new network and migrate everything across. Therefore you never lose anything and can always turn back.

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by flyfshmn In reply to

I have done migrations in the past, but this one has a twist - we need to change the domain name later in the year to join the corporate domain.

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by Sprocket In reply to NT - Win2K / Win2003 upgr ...

Changing the domain name in Windows 2003 should cause you no problems. Especially if you have performed migrations in the past. The domain rename feature actually works.

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by tomhass In reply to NT - Win2K / Win2003 upgr ...

My experience is that the first 80% of the domain rename itself in 2003 is pretty simple. HOWEVER, the associated actions of cleaning up AD/DNS are not so simple...I go so far through the process and seemed unable to rename DCs and do other actions like promote/demote DCs - my view is that unless you have $ for consultancy forget it. I did rename the domain but had a flaky setup afterwards and could not go back (luckily it was temporary/testing domain).

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by rbcabarroguis In reply to NT - Win2K / Win2003 upgr ...

Try to use a tool active directory migration tool

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