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Subject: transfering AD from exchange server to new windows 03 server

By bill ·
My network consist of a WinNT4.0 (domain controller) with a (trusted)w2k exchange server. I've just purchased a win2003 server and ondering which is the best way to transfer the AD from my exchange server to my new 03 server. The user/naming convention on my NT4.0 (DC) is not needed for I would like to keep the AD from my w2k exchange server. The NT4.0 server will not be used. Should I promote my W2k exchange server as a DC and add the new win2003 server as member to transfer the AD over and then demoting the exchange?
Which is the safest way? Thank you for your help!

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Subject: transfering AD f ...

Is Exchange server a DC as well? Are you running Exchange 5.5, 2000 or 2003? If so, AD is already on the EXchange server, you then just need to run DCpromo on the 2003 server and it will replicate AD to the new server automatically.

Please provide more info.

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by bill In reply to Subject: transfering AD f ...

the Exchange 2000 is running on a win2k server.
Currently all users are logging into the NT4.0 4.0
I will be getting a new server with windows2003 server and looking to migrate the AD from the exchange2k/win2k server. The win4.0 server will be retired.
Thanks again!

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Subject: transfering AD f ...

I assume then that the W2K domain will already have accounts on them already with mailboxes attached. Any users will no mailboxes will need creating accounts. There are tools to do this.

All you need to do is change PCs to login to the W2K domain.

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