Upgrading NT to 2003 with 1 GB partition

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Doug A., Jul 31, 2004.

  1. Doug A.

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    We have NT 4.0 SP6 installed on a server which currently has a 1GB partition for the system partition. I have tried on a test server to upgrade, and it complains that there is not enough room, and needs 1121 MB of free disk space. The disk is 4GB, and this is the only partition on the disk.

    I do have space available on the D: drive, but it did not give me that option on the test server.

    Any suggestions?
     
    Doug A., Jul 31, 2004
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  2. Doug-

    What I sugges you do is install an additional NT4 BDC server on hardware
    with ample space on teh C drive, promote that instance to PDC and upgrade
    that one. You can then do a clean install on the other server and dcpromo it
    in as the domain controller, transfer the FSMOs to it, and dcpromo the temp
    box out.

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    Brian Desmond
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    partition for the system partition. I have tried on a test server to
    upgrade, and it complains that there is not enough room, and needs 1121 MB
    of free disk space. The disk is 4GB, and this is the only partition on the
    disk.
     
    Brian Desmond [MVP], Jul 31, 2004
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  3. Doug A.

    Doug A. Guest

    Thanks for the reply!
    Let me see if I understand...

    1. Install NT4 on another server "T" as BDC
    2. Promote the server "T" to PDC
    3. Upgrade the server "T" to 2003. Install Active Directory on "T".
    4. Clean install 2003 on the original server "A". Install Active Directory on "P".
    5. Take "T" out of service, leaving "P" as the remaining AD server.

    Sound right?

    Will I need to re-do the shares on server "P" after the clean install? Is there a tool to help?

    Actually, I have a BDC "B" that has the same space problem, but that is later, and will be easier once I figure this problem out. I would think I would keep "T" online until "B" is done.
     
    Doug A., Jul 31, 2004
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  4. That's basically it. Step 5, you need to first transfer FSMOs to P, and mark
    P as a global catalog. You'll need to redo the shares on P. You can leave T
    up as long as you like.

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    Brian Desmond
    Windows Server MVP
    12.il.us

    Http://www.briandesmond.com


    later, and will be easier once I figure this problem out. I would think I
    would keep "T" online until "B" is done.
     
    Brian Desmond [MVP], Aug 1, 2004
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  5. Hi Doug,

    Thanks for your posting here and thanks for Brian's great reply.

    Please make sure that you transfer all the FSMO roles to the DC that will
    work in the network. Then run DCpromo to demote other DC before you offline
    it.

    Reference:

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

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Aug 2, 2004
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