Mixed Mode to Native Mode?

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Ben Blackmore, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    We're at a point in our AD migration where we can now move the domain to
    native mode. I have a few questions first, I've googled microsoft.com but
    haven't found the answer to a few questions.

    Will switching require a reboot? Is it ok to do it during normal hours, or
    should it be done when no users are on?
    We're running 250 win2k pro and 2 win2k servers no NT4 PDCs as we migrated
    from Novell. Would moving to native benefit us? Looking at some of the stuff
    I have read on microsoft.com the only advantage is:

    Universal Security Groups
    Nest Groups
    Integrate some functions of Dial-up networking

    Are there any disadvantages? Does it require more system resources?

    The only other thing is that we might be moving to XP clients/2003 server in
    the future. Would switching to native make this easier?


    Ben Blackmore, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. Hi,

    Thank for the reply. Just wanted to make sure it was safe to press that
    little button without knocking all the users off!


    Ben Blackmore, Jul 8, 2004
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  3. Ben Blackmore

    Herb Martin Guest

    Are there any disadvantages? Does it require more system resources?something

    Building on Tomasz' response:

    No, it won't take more resources (maybe even slightly less on
    your PDC Emulator).

    Disadvantages: No longer supports NT BDCs.

    MOST of the advantages are for people with giant domains.

    But, you may find that something else in there helps YOU:

    Unversial groups/nesting
    Migration INTO the domain
    "Domain Local Group" behavior change (local groups on
    the domain are no longer restricted to "DC use".)
    Some RRAS improvements (control access through policy)
    Assign ip by user (who would do this? Ok, someon would.)
    LARGER domains supported since we no longer have to keep
    the "SAM" for the BDCs to copy.

    There must be something else, but it escapes me right now.

    Herb Martin

    Herb Martin, Jul 8, 2004
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