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swap a PDC in an NT domain with a W2K DC

By W2K mcse ·
Help!!! I'm reading everything I can but cannot find data with respect to my situation. I have a current NT 4.0 domain with a PDC. I do not want to upgrade my PDC to 2000 but instead implement a brand new 2000 domain controller and take the pdc offline. My problem is I want to keep the same domain. The only info I can find is either upgrading the PDC (its a tired old horse) or creating a new domain with the new server. I want a new DC (2000) in the existing domain. I need help fast. Anybody outthere please help.

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no easy thang

by pinetor In reply to swap a PDC in an NT domai ...

I to will be doing the same thing, so here is my understanding:
The prescribed best way to move to 2000 is to upgrade the old NT PDC to 2000. Then build a second 2000 (P)DC, then drop the old 2000 DC off the LAN. This is how I will proceed. Howeverthere is a cost, the first 2000 DC creates the "forest" and the domain exists in this "forest". There may be alluded to but not really documented problems to the loss of this DC. 2000 is not suppose to care what is the Primary or secondary, so leaving the old server other for a while and migrating off shouldn't be a big deal.
FACT:there are two different 2000 server CDs, the upgrade and the full install. A full install will **NOT** perform an upgrade *** too strange*** We bought both media.ALternate: MS says the best course is to clean house and build the new 2000 domain and then key all the old users in the the new sam manually.. ouch!

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upgrade NT to W2K

by hananddiep In reply to no easy thang

I'm planing to do the same thing. How did it go with all of you? Pinetor, was you able to drop the old PDC server in the forest. Thanks

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by tekguy610 In reply to swap a PDC in an NT domai ...

And dont forget about your insurance policy. make sure you have a full backup and it is properly backed up.

good luck to you. sounds like a fun project.

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Same problem here

by Slim In reply to swap a PDC in an NT domai ...

I am in exactly the same situation. I have been all over looking for answers to this dilemma. My users would not react kindly to logging into a new domain and their desktops and settings be gone. I'll post any good info I find here.

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