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Replicate user data across two domains

By dkhman26 ·
I need to sync DCs that are in two different geographic locations. (Windows Server 2003) They currently do not communicate at all, but we can set up a VPN to allow them to communicate. How do I get the user from the PROD DC onto the DR DC? The domains share the same name, but are located on different networks.

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Replication

by Matt.Altman In reply to Replicate user data acros ...

If you are asking how to replicate an AD server then go to the Sites and Services snap in, expand sites, expand the site name if you have one, expand servers, click NTDS settings, right click on your DR server and replicate now. This assumes that you have already set up both sites in Sites and Services. If you have not set these up then right click on sites, select new site. You can then add your subnets and servers.

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Replication

by dkhman26 In reply to Replication

So I have to set up both sites in the other sites' "sites and services", then connect them using our VPN, then tell it to replicate?

What happens if I have usernames that exist on both sites, but with different passwords?

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Users

by Matt.Altman In reply to Replication

If you have a user on Main DC that has one pw and that same user on DR DC has a different pw then you might not want to replicate because these sites are completely different. The replication will allow you to keep your Prod DC and DR DC the same in case of a DR situation. Is this not what you are doing or am I misunderstanding something?

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RE: Users

by dkhman26 In reply to Users

Unfortunately we are trying to sync the users after having already done some work on the "DR" site. I'm not sure if there will be any conflicts. I could check manually.
I was asking the questions "just in case" we do have that scenario.

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RE: Users (Reality)

by dkhman26 In reply to RE: Users

Here's the reality of the situation. We were bought out by another company so we are building one of our clients a new environment at the new company's data canter. We've already started building the new environment, so some of the service accounts may be the same.
We need to get the user accounts from the current environment to the new environment because there are about 300 users. As far as I have been able to figure out, there is no way of exporting just the users along with their passwords, so we have to sync the DCs.
My only concern with conflicts are if the service accounts in the new environment have the same username, but a different password, because we cannot afford to have the service accounts' passwords reset.
However, this will be a one-time sync, so if that is the ONLY way to do it and the current environment does overwrite the passwords on the new environment, we can simply disconnect them after replication has taken place and reset the passwords for the service accounts.

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RE: Users (Reality)

by dkhman26 In reply to RE: Users (Reality)

Also, if we do have conflicts, I need to make sure that the current environment overwrites the new environment and NOT vice-versa as the current environment is live 24x7.

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user migration

by shasca In reply to Replicate user data acros ...
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RE: user migration

by dkhman26 In reply to user migration

I appreciate the information, but none of that seems useful in my situation.
Unless there's something I'm missing...
DNS and AD aren't really my strengths.

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ADMTv3

by dkhman26 In reply to user migration

This utility looks awesome and looks like it will do what I need it to do. Now I just need to get our network guys to allow communication between the servers...

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