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By gholton1 ·
How do I setup a test network so that i can evaluate windows 2003? I'm currently running WinNT 4.0 and would like to switch to Win03 but I need to run both networks cocurrently and migrate the WinNT users to Win03. What do I need to setup such a network?

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by CG IT In reply to setting up a test network

First question: how to setup a test network. Get some computers together and setup a network which mimics on a small scale what your production network will be including client computers. Mine consists of 6 computers 2 of which are workstations. Then you can play around with it, muck it up, fix it, try scripts, patches, see if that mucks it up, screw around with Group Policy and muck that up, fix it or not and not have users boo you in the hall way and throw paperwads at you.

Second question: Migrate NT to W2003. There are a bunch of migration topics on Microsoft's help and support knowledge base dealing with migrating from NT to W2003. Suggest your pour over them here's a link to start out. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;818645&Product=winsvr2003

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by mgonzales In reply to setting up a test network

Install and configure another BDC on your production network. Take that BDC offline and place it into your test network and promote it to a PDC. This will preserver the user and group accounts in your test enviroments. This way you can test the upgrade process. Now if you have the additional machine create another BDC from your test enviroment so you can start over and still have a machine with the user accounts.

Good Luck!

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