NT4 to W2k3 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Greg Zygadlo, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Greg Zygadlo

    Greg Zygadlo Guest

    We currently have two NT4.0 domains in our environment. One in the
    corporate office and one in a remote office. We are planning right now to
    do a migration instead of an in-place upgrade. One of the reason I don't
    want to do the inplace upgrade is the fact the NT4.0 has the boot partition
    limit and I want to make sure the domain controllers have plenty of space
    for SP's and hotfixes.

    I'm looking for Pro's and Con's to doing it this way. Also we have no
    exchange in our current enviorment.


    Greg Zygadlo, Jul 30, 2004
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  2. Greg,

    I think you have an excellent plan, especailly given the potential to (and I
    hope plans to) collapse the domains into one. Setup the new domain with DCs
    at each office, and then ADMT the principals in from each office. An OU for
    each would probably work well, but, that's a business issue.

    Brian Desmond
    Windows Server MVP

    Brian Desmond [MVP], Jul 31, 2004
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  3. Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    In fact, you can refer to the following document to expand the partition on
    the Windows NT computer which you will install Windows 2003.

    HOW TO: Expand the Boot Partition During a Windows Server 2003 Upgrade

    You can also refer to the Windows Server 2003 deployment document on
    Windows Server 2003 installation CD:

    \SUPPORT\TOOLS\Deploy.cab. In this file, you will find the CHM files
    talking about this option and some other documents regarding unattended

    Please fully back up the Windows NT server before upgrade in order to avoid
    any unexpected data loss.

    If you prefer to perform migration, I believe the following documents will
    be helpful.

    HOW TO: Set Up ADMT for a Windows NT 4.0-to-Windows Server 2003 Migration

    Domain Migration Cookbook

    Planning Migration from Windows NT to Windows 2000

    Have a nice day!

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Aug 2, 2004
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