Preparing Windows 2000 DC to migrate Windows 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by EDDY, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. EDDY

    EDDY Guest

    Are there any tool to check if a W200 dc is ready to migrate to Windows 2003
    or a checklist documnet ti ensure that a W200 dc is ready to support Windows
    2003 dc
    EDDY, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. EDDY

    Miha Pihler Guest

    Hi Eddy,

    One tool would be

    winnt32 /checkupgradeonly

    This will tell you if there are any problematic drivers for the hardware.
    Make sure that you have drivers for all your hardware. Also make sure that
    your e.g. antivirus will run on Windows 2003.

    Personally I don't like to do the upgrade of DC itself. What I would do is
    setup new computer (it can be a temporary computer). After preparing Windows
    2000 domain for Windows 2003 DC I would run dcrpomo on new (temporary)
    computer and I would get new DC (first Windows 2003 DC). Next step is to
    move all the services from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 (e.g. DNS, DHCP,
    ....) and FSMO roles, GC, ... etc.

    After all this is done and clients are updated with e.g. new DNS server
    (your temporary server), you can run dcpromo on your old Windows 2000 DC and
    remove active directory from it. After you remove it from domain, you can
    format it and setup a clean install of Windows 2003 on it. Once it is setup
    and all patched up with latest updates you can join it to domain and run
    dcpromo on it. This will make it a DC on Windows 2003 domain. All you have
    to do now is move back the services.

    Make sure that you have at least two domain controllers in every production
    domain in your forest. It is pretty hard to restore the only domain
    controller from tape.

    Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains to Windows Server 2003 Domains

    Miha Pihler, Nov 3, 2004
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