DFS Consolidation Root Wizard question

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Cakeholes, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Cakeholes

    Cakeholes Guest

    I'm in the planning stages of replacing my W2K server with a new W2K3 Server
    and have been researching the FSMT and DFSConolidate.exe tools to migrate my
    data with minimal disruption. My question comes from the FSMT documentation
    where it says that "the DFS root server cannot be a domain controller". My
    new server is not a DC yet but it will be once the upgrade is complete. I
    then plan on rebuilding my old server and installing W2K3 Server down the
    road.

    Can I use the FSMT and DFSConsolidate.exe tools to migrate my data etc. and
    then when its complete, promote the new server to a DC? Any advice on this
    would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
     
    Cakeholes, Oct 19, 2005
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  2. Cakeholes

    Cakeholes Guest

    Just to clarify....my new W2K3 server has to be a DC at some point as I plan
    on phasing out my existing 2 W2K Servers....the primary one will be
    resurrected at a later date to become a W2K3 Server.....but costs and time
    will prohibit this from happening for awhile. So for the purposes of this
    migration the new server will be doing everything.

    Kevin
     
    Cakeholes, Oct 20, 2005
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  3. Can I use the FSMT and DFSConsolidate.exe tools to migrate my data etc.
    then when its complete, promote the new server to a DC? Any advice on this
    would be greatly appreciated.

    I would say yes. There are many people with DFS root replicas on DCs. Run
    with it and promote later.
     
    Paul Williams [MVP], Oct 23, 2005
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  4. Actually, with the consolidation roots, I'm almost certain that they are not
    supported on DCs, which is why the Help stated this explicitly. However, I
    don't recall the exact reason why this isn't supported. I'll ask around and
    get back to you.
     
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Oct 24, 2005
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  5. OK, I've double-checked, and the definitive answer is that DCs that host
    consolidation roots will ignore the registry keys associated with these
    roots; the result is that the DFS consolidation root will not work once the
    server is promoted to a DC. If you're using regular roots (not consolidation
    roots), they will work find on the DC.
     
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Oct 24, 2005
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  6. Cakeholes

    Kevin Coles Guest

    Thanks for the definitive answer Jill.... I'm actually now considering
    trying to migrate the network by renaming the new server to the old server's
    name. I've seen a few posts on this method and have made a few of my own on
    the migration group to help me accomplish this. Looks like the sticking
    point though may be that I can only rename a DC if the domain is 2003 only.
    So I may try to do the file share migrations etc while it's still a member
    server and demote the old server and do all the renaming on member servers.
    My W2K role master will still be online so I can continue on.....once all
    the renaming is done I will then promote it to a DC....so once I confirm a
    few more things I think I will take this route.

    Thanks again,

    Kevin Coles
     
    Kevin Coles, Oct 24, 2005
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