Domain restructure vs rename

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by jb_dmmi, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. jb_dmmi

    jb_dmmi Guest

    All,

    Quick question... First let me give you some background information. We have
    a remote location that has its own Domain W2k03 but they are changing their
    name and would like everything changed as well (DC's, Computer Names, User
    Names [coded with location code i.e. xxjdoe were xx is the code]). What would
    be the best way to accomplish this? Since it is a small domain we are leaning
    toward a complete rebuild of the AD structure. Does anyone else have
    suggetions? I would like to keep the current profile they logon to the
    workstation with and since we do not have a domain target to migrate to I am
    trying to get some pro's and con's for this change. Would the ADMT be of any
    help since a migration target is not an option?
     
    jb_dmmi, Mar 19, 2007
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  2. Hello,

    Thank you for using newsgroup!

    From your post, I think you want to rename the DNS name for the domain. You
    can use Active Directory Domain Rename Tool to perform this. I recommend
    reading the following documents before performing:

    Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/downloads/winsrvr/domainrename.mspx

    Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/6/5/965e6899-e086-4b3e-8ed6-516ea07
    ea225/Domain-Rename-Intro.doc

    Supplemental steps for using the Exchange Server Domain Rename Fixup tool
    together with the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842116/en-us

    The other way to do this is to create a new domain and use the ADMT to
    migrate users and computers to the new domain. This is a safer way.

    More about domain migration information, please refer to the following:
    Migrating Domain Objects Between Active Directory Domains
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/229b4755-d8fd-43da-92
    f1-08d3673d1f2b1033.mspx

    How to use Active Directory Migration Tool version 2 to migrate from
    Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326480/en-us

    If you have any concerns, please feel free let me know. Hope this helps.

    Mike Luo

    Microsoft Online Partner Support
    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Mike Luo [MSFT], Mar 20, 2007
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  3. jb_dmmi

    jb_dmmi Guest

    Mike, Thanks for the imput, I think the safer way is the best option.
    Reguarding my question about the ADMT can this be used if no target domain is
    available? And if the question is yes.. what portion of the ADMT could be
    used to help users maintain their ACL access rights? Is SID cloning an option
    with ADMT? Also, I understand that ADMT v3 no longer has the test option like
    v2. Whould I be better off using v2 or v3? Thanks for your time and
    suggestions,

    John
     
    jb_dmmi, Mar 20, 2007
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  4. Hello,

    Thank you for your update!

    Use ADMT to migrate users, you must create target domain and establish
    trust betweent the two domains.

    Where does the "ACL access rights" be set on? If you remain ACL on shared
    folder, you may migrate users with SID history.

    More Information:
    ===========
    Migrating Accounts While Using SID History
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/044de91e-0cdf-480e-83
    e6-3be53f3cfb781033.mspx

    I recommend you use the v3. The Active Directory Migration Tool version 3
    (ADMT v3) simplifies the process of restructuring your operating
    environment to meet the needs of your organization. You can use ADMT v3 to
    migrate users, groups, and computers from Microsoft? Windows NT? 4.0
    domains to Active Directory? directory service domains; between Active
    Directory domains in different forests (interforest migration); and between
    Active Directory domains in the same forest (intraforest migration). ADMT
    v3 also performs security translation from Windows NT 4.0 domains to Active
    Directory domains and between Active Directory domains in different forests.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Mike Luo

    Microsoft Online Partner Support
    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Mike Luo [MSFT], Mar 21, 2007
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