Upgrading from NT4 & EX5.5 to W2003 & Ex.2003

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    I need some tips how to deploy an upgrade from NT4 to
    W2003 & Exchange 2003.
    We have 2 NT4 Servers. One Running as PDC & Fileserver,
    the other as a Citrix server. We also have a Windows 2000
    memberserver running Exchange 5.5.
    We have bought two new servers, windows 2003 and Exchange
    2003 that will replace the three old servers.
    We want to first run terminal server on one W2003 server
    in the net to test that everything works ok for some
    time, then switch the fileserver and exchange server with
    the new servers. AD & Exchange on one. W2003 Terminal
    server on the other.
    I have started with installing NT4 on a temporary
    computer and promoted it to PDC, the old PDC is now BDC.
    The two new W2003 servers is connected to the network,
    but not joined the domain yet.

    Can anyone help me with tips what steps to take from here
    and in what order. Should I upgrade the now NT4 to W2003
    at once and install Active directory, then setup one of
    the new servers as a new DC and transfer the roles. What
    will happen with the connection with Exchange 5.5 and AD?
    In what step should I upgrade to Exchange 2003? Should I
    in my scenario setup the W2003 terminal server without AD
    and try out the function first or is it best to go to AD
    at once?
    Thankful for any tips or info on the subject.

    Regards,
    Patrik Gisselsson
     
    Update, May 6, 2004
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  2. Bill Frisbee [MVP], May 6, 2004
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  3. Hi

    Generally, you may refer to the following process.

    1. Install Terminal Server on one of the Windows Server 2003 and activate
    the licensing server. For more information, please refer to the following
    articles.

    301932 Terminal Services Licensing service discovery
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=301932

    325869 How to activate a License Server by using Terminal Server Licensing
    in
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325869

    822134 The Function of Terminal Server CALs in Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=822134

    2. Upgrade the new PDC to Windows Server 2003.

    326209 HOW TO: Upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-Based PDC to a Windows Server
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=326209

    Upgrading from Windows NT Server 4.0
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/upgrading/nt4/default.mspx

    3. If you would like to remove this Windows Server 2003 DC, you may setup
    another Windows Server 2003 DC and transfer the FSMO roles.

    324801 HOW TO: View and Transfer FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=324801

    4. Verify that GC and DNS server are installed.

    5. Upgrade the Exchange server.

    821896 How to upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 by using the swing upgrade
    method
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=821896

    259912 Prerequisites for Upgrading Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000
    Server
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=259912

    822942 Considerations when you upgrade to Exchange Server 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=822942

    Also, you may install Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server in a workgroup.

    Hope this helps!

    Sincerely,
    Jack Wang, MCSE 2000, MCSA, MCDBA, MCSD
    Microsoft Partner Support

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    | We have 2 NT4 Servers. One Running as PDC & Fileserver,
    | the other as a Citrix server. We also have a Windows 2000
    | memberserver running Exchange 5.5.
    | We have bought two new servers, windows 2003 and Exchange
    | 2003 that will replace the three old servers.
    | We want to first run terminal server on one W2003 server
    | in the net to test that everything works ok for some
    | time, then switch the fileserver and exchange server with
    | the new servers. AD & Exchange on one. W2003 Terminal
    | server on the other.
    | I have started with installing NT4 on a temporary
    | computer and promoted it to PDC, the old PDC is now BDC.
    | The two new W2003 servers is connected to the network,
    | but not joined the domain yet.
    |
    | Can anyone help me with tips what steps to take from here
    | and in what order. Should I upgrade the now NT4 to W2003
    | at once and install Active directory, then setup one of
    | the new servers as a new DC and transfer the roles. What
    | will happen with the connection with Exchange 5.5 and AD?
    | In what step should I upgrade to Exchange 2003? Should I
    | in my scenario setup the W2003 terminal server without AD
    | and try out the function first or is it best to go to AD
    | at once?
    | Thankful for any tips or info on the subject.
    |
    | Regards,
    | Patrik Gisselsson
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    Jack Wang [MSFT], May 9, 2004
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