Can I migrate from NT4 to W2K3 with help from W2K?

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by gga, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. gga

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    I have an existing NT4 domain with 4 server--a PDC, a BDC, and 2 member
    servers. Exchange Server 5.5, DNS and IIS are running on the BDC. The
    machine serving as the PDC is primarily for file and print serving and DHCP.
    The member servers are used for development and other miscellaneous
    activities.

    Additionally, there is a Windows 2000 Server sitting in this domain as a
    member server.

    We have recently purchased a new server which came pre-installed with W2K3
    Server. The plan is to start our migration by making this new machine the
    PDC and eventualy migrating to the latest versions of Exchange Server, etc.

    I am hoping that I do not have to blow away the pre-installed W2K3 on the
    new hardware and install NT4 in order to do this upgrade, but, unless I've
    misread the information here, that may well be the case. I don't have
    another copy of W2K3 Server to load on a temporary NT4 box to do the
    migration on.

    Since I have the Windows 2000 member server in this domain, is there any way
    I can utilize that box to assist in the migration to W2K3?

    I have not seen anything similar to this scenario in the newsgroup as most
    folks are going from a domain full of NT4 servers to a W2K3 environment. If
    there is any way in which I can use this W2K box to ease the transition to
    W2K3 it would surely help me out.

    If I can't, can anyone lend advice on alternative methods to migrate?

    Thanks.
    Gary
     
    gga, Aug 5, 2004
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  2. Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    Do you mean that you want to keep the original domain name in Windows 2003
    domain?

    If so, you can install AD on the Windows 2000 server as a temp domain. Then
    perform migration (users, member servers, resources...)from NT domain to
    Windows 2000 domain. Separate the NT PDC and BDC from network. Install AD
    on the new Windows 2003 server using the same NETBIOS domain name as
    original NT domain. As last perform migration again from the Windows 2000
    domain to the new Windows 2003 domain.

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Aug 6, 2004
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  3. gga

    gga Guest

    Bob,

    Thanks for your reply.

    What I would like to do is to keep the same domain name and have all the NT4
    servers still available to me following the migration to Server 2003. Our
    Exchange Server currently resides on one of the NT boxes and I can't see us
    (or me) migrating everything in one shot.

    In the scenario which you presented, do the NT4 PDS and BDC machines have to
    be removed from the network after the new server takes over?

    If that is the case, is my only other alternative to set up a temp NT4 as a
    BDC, promote it to PDC and do the migration on that machine as indicated in
    other postings in this newsgroup?

    Thank you.
    Gary
     
    gga, Aug 6, 2004
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  4. Hi Gary,

    Yes, you have to remove the NT4 PDC and BDC after you migrate to the temp
    domain because two domains with same name cannot coexist in the same
    network.

    If you have a retail version of Windows Server 2003, you can upgrade the
    PDC to Windows 2003 directly.

    Best regards,
    Bob Qin
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Aug 9, 2004
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