Empty Root, Peer-Root, and/or Placeholder Domain

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Todd, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. Todd

    Todd Guest

    I'm putting together a plan to upgrade from WinNT 4.0 to Windows 2003 AD.
    We would like to use an empty root domain (also known as Peer-Root and or
    Placeholder Domain) model. However I think I ran into a snag. I am
    planning on upgrading from NT to 2003, NOT migrating to 2003. This way we
    would not have to reconfigure the some 200 workstations to join the new
    domain and worry about profiles and permissions.

    However I think the snag is that after I upgrade to 2003, that 2003 DC
    domain will be the root domain containing all the users from the old NT
    domain. I guess I could then create a child domain and move all the users
    into it but now I'm faced with having to reconfigure the workstations. Am I
    correct in this assumption? Is there another way?

    Thanks much!!!!
    Todd
     
    Todd, Aug 28, 2004
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  2. Create your forest root domain first.

    When you upgrade your NT domain, you tell it to join the forest that you already
    created.

    joe
     
    Joe Richards [MVP], Aug 28, 2004
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  3. Todd

    Todd Guest

    Thanks much!!!!!


     
    Todd, Aug 29, 2004
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  4. Todd

    Todd Guest

    Is there a particular way DNS should be setup on the ROOTDC within the Empty
    forest and the the DC within the new Domain Tree?

    Thanks
     
    Todd, Aug 30, 2004
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  5. Other than correctly? I am afraid I don't really understand your question.
     
    Joe Richards [MVP], Sep 2, 2004
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