REPOST!!! NT to 2K3 Migration

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Bill, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I didn't really get the answer I wanted last time, and the
    link I was given was not valid, althought I appreciate the
    effort. I would like an answer from someone, not just a
    link, if you don't mind. THANKS!!!

    Hello,

    I am about to embark on a migration for a client from NT
    4.0 to 2K3. It will be a gradual migration where we will
    be trying to introduce AD slowly. My question is this. We
    have a single name domain (company) and also have Exchange
    5.5. Do I have to change the domain name? If not, and I
    choose to add my existing domain name to a FQDN (i.e.
    company.mydomain.org) will I have to touch each
    workstation, or will DNS append that single name to an
    FQDN?

    My plan is this...

    Load a spare server with NT 4, join the domain as a BDC,
    blah, blah.
    Second, upgrade the BDC to the PDC while demoting the PDC
    to a BDC.
    Then I will upgrade the PDC to Win2K3 Server

    What steps am I missing, or what pitfalls am I going to
    find? Thanks in advance for any input.
     
    Bill, Jul 13, 2004
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  2. Your plan is good. Consider nt4emulator key though in your process -
    Q284937 add both NT4Emulator and NeutralizeNT4Emulator on the NEW nt 4.0 PDC
    prior to installing 2003. For your existing BDC, just add the NT4Emulator
    before you run dcpromo on it.

    Is exchange a member server or dc? If it is a DC, you might want to post
    some details in the ms.exchange NG for additional info, having it as a
    member server makes the upgrade to 2k3 simplifed as you can run native mode
    2003 even with nt 4.0 members.

    You do not need to chan... in fact, you will HAVE to use the same Netbios
    name that your existing domain is, however, you can give a new fqdn name to
    your org AD. All clients will retain existing security and conectivity to
    exchange, this is actually quite slick and very transparent to users.

    If you haven't already done so, get 2 PCs that will at least run 2k3 and do
    a lab test so you have an idea of the process and time involved. Be one
    with DNS.
     
    TheSingingCat, Jul 13, 2004
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  3. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    You can chose a new domain DNS name when you upgrade NT PDC to Windows
    2003. But the domain netbios name is not changed.

    As for the NT4Emulator and NeutralizeNT4Emulator keys, it should only be a
    temporary solution. When you have sufficient Windows 2003 domain
    controllers, you can remove the NT4emulator registry value on all the
    Windows 2003 domain controllers or the Windows 2000/XP clients will no
    longer receive group policy nor will it do Kerberos authentication.

    Here are some documents may be helpful
    ===
    HOW TO: Upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-Based PDC to a Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=326209

    Upgrading from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/nt4/nt4tows
    03-2.mspx

    Windows NT Server 4.0 Upgrade Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/partners/isvs/ntmigrate.mspx

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 14, 2004
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  4. Bill

    Bill Guest

    Thanks for the response guys!!!
     
    Bill, Jul 14, 2004
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  5. Our pleasure!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 15, 2004
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