Do I need to upgrade my 2000/2003 Servers to Active Directory...

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Bernard, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Bernard

    Bernard Guest

    Do I need to upgrade my 2000/2003 servers to Active Directory in order to use
    the GPMC tool. I want to create some group policies for me domain. The
    problem is .. I am upgrading my NT 4 domain control to 2003. But I cannot
    upgrade the system to Active Directory due to our corporations plan to
    incorporate all domains into a single domain. I asked to allow me to create
    a sub domain name (tree) under their AD but they do not want another AD
    around to be manage. They are not allow the local admnistrator of the group
    permission to access objects directly due to a "trust" issue. They are
    recommending using local machine policies instead on the XP machines. Do you
    have any suggestions about managing user objects without AD.
    Bernard, Apr 21, 2005
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  2. If you upgrade any of your NT 4.0 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2003
    then you ARE upgrading your domain to AD - there is no choice here.
    If they (I assume you mean corporate IT) will not let you join their forest
    then you should do nothing until this whole matter is resolved as you run
    the risk of causing major issues to your companies IT infrastructure which
    "they" own.



    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Apr 21, 2005
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  3. Bernard

    Allen Firouz Guest


    You need to be running Active Directory in order to utilize GPOs. If you
    want to manage XP desktops without implementing AD, then you can use GPEditor
    to configure the policy for each machine individually, but it cannot be
    managed centrally. Reference this link for more info:;en-us;307882&sd=tech

    -Allen Firouz
    Allen Firouz, Apr 21, 2005
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