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By Jeff Anderson ·
A couple of Questions here. I am preparing to upgrade from nt4 server to win2k server. I have to connect via a WAN to someone who is already using win2k. I want to keep as much admin privelages as possible and manage my own network. What choices should I request or better yet what options should I stay away from regarding the structure of the domain.

Will I need my own Domain Name?
Will my login scripts still work, I use a basic text based script with ifmember.exe.

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by timwalsh In reply to Upgrade to win2k

No single best answer for your situation. There are many variables here.
Are you already operating your own domain/sub-domain?
Will you become a separate tree in an existing AD forest? or a child domain?
If you are part of a larger organization,much will depend on what priveleges you will be allowed to have/keep by the Enterprise Administrator.
If you already have your own domain (as a part of a larger organization) and migrate to the Win2K AD domain model, you will continue to have administrative priveleges over your domain unless the Enterprise Administrator specifically takes those priveleges away.
Your question about needing your own domain name leads me to believe however, leads me to believe this is not the case so I am a little confused.
If the parent domain is xyz.com and you control a sub-domain of abc.xyz.com, you, in effect, have your own domain name. This is all you need. Make sure you understand what you are getting into. Managing a Win2K Active Directory Domain can be musch more intensive than managing a (relatively )simple NT4 domain. Make sure you understand AD and all its implications thoroughly.
And yes, your login scripts should still work.

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by Jeff Anderson In reply to Upgrade to win2k

My first concerns are What is better for my control; a separate tree or a child domain.

I have a nt domain but not an internet domain name. My nt domain is "My Business" not "MyBusiness.com"

I have to be carefull that I dont lose rights to this other Admin. He has been know to try to take control of things and we have to keep him in check. We are a separate entity except we use his exchange server over the WAN.

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by ptchtech In reply to Upgrade to win2k

Since you are a separate entity and you are concerned about control, you should create your own domain in your OWN Forest. If you were to create a tree in his forest you would be sharing the same schema with him. If you create your own forest you can still set up one way trusts like in Nt, and you will have complete control.

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Upgrade to win2k

Make a seperate domain in a seperate tree - use ads and make your domain name MyBusiness.local.

If you have 9x servers, then do not use ADS, because the machines do not understand them. You can get a patch to fix this though.

Use things such as DHCP and WINS etc. on seperate member servers and DNS on the root controller. Also,m set up another DC and place DNS on it(for backup)

I recommend a router/firewall tro preotect you from the other side / and to do the subnets blah blah blah. If you need more info, put another comment up

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