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Win2k Active Directory in a mixed domain

By Chad Dykstra ·
I am attempting to install a 2k server into a test NT4.0 domain. I can install the server fine and attach to the domain as the computer, but I cannot install active directory services in that domain. When I go through the wizard, it says that there are no servers currently running active directory in this domain. Is it possible for a 2k server to run active directory side by side with an NT4.0 PDC? My boss seems to think it is possible and wants to take that route. I have DNS installed andworking on my 2k box and I have WINS running on the PDC as the 2000 server resource kit said you needed WINS to communicate with NT4 servers.

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Chad Dykstra
IS Project Analyst/Server Support

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Win2k Active Directory in a mixed domain

by JuanDeMarco In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

I also had this problem with Active Directory. In the end, accourding to MS the problem was the DNS services not corectly set up on the W2k box. I went and used a HOSTS file and imported it into the DNS service, and copied it to the server. This is what finaly got the domain to work with the Active Directory. I worked on the for about a week trying everything I could think of. This is what seemed to finaly work for me, though it may have been a combo thing that I missed someware. Hope this helps,
-Juan De Marco

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by Chad Dykstra In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

Juan, thanks for your suggestion. My DNS appears to be set up and working properly and I'm still unable to get a 2k DC to share rights with an NT4 PDC.

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by azizhakim In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

As a stanalone server you can join & participate in nt 40 domain.During active directory installation your first installation you will have to create an entirely new forest,in essence an entire new domain which will be your global catalog server,thereafter you will share resources with nt40 domain through two one way trusts.Wins & dns will do name resolve.your installation is looking for global catalog server ie first active directory.Hope this helps.

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by Chad Dykstra In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

Thanks - this is an acceptable work-around for the problem, at least in my test LAN. Setting up two seperate domains with trusts appeared to do the trick. Thanks.

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by BasicIT In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

The senerio your trying to use is not possible. Inorder for AD to be used in the domain the Win2K has to be the DC. If you want to maintain NT4.0 BDC boxes on your network then AD will have to run in Mixed Mode with the DC acting as a PDC Emulator.
Easiest route is to install NT server on your new machine join it to your NT domain as a BDC then promote it to PDC then upgrade it to Win2K first server in new domain. You can then run dcpromo to install AD.

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by Chad Dykstra In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

Per my boss upgrading our PDC to 2k isn't a viable solution, it's an exchange server and he's nervous what 2k would do to it. Thanks for your post.

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by klepacki_m In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

This will not work with a NT 4.0 PDC. For AD to work you will have to get the new W2k DC to attach to the network and then demote the NT4 PDC to a BDC. For AD to work the W2K has to be the PDC (in W2K there is no such thing as a PDC all are called DC), this will allow AD to work.
Another solution would be to upgrade the NT4 to W2K, this way no changes in demotion or promotion needs to happen. The AD cn be implemented.

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by Chad Dykstra In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

Thanks, the two-one way trusts idea seems to be the most viable, but I might upgrade. Thanks.

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by Chad Dykstra In reply to Win2k Active Directory in ...

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