When to remove nt4emulator / neutralize keys?

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by TheSingingCat, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Hi gang,

    Could anyone offer a little guidance here for me?
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    Office A: - 80 clients xp pro, 1 win95 machine running DS Client
    We have done an inplace upgrade awhile ago on our single domain NT 4.0 PDC
    to 2003 Server. We have a second 2003 DC running right now as well. Both
    of these machines had the NT4Emulator and NeutralizeNT4Emulator keys added
    to them prior to being bumped to DCs.

    One remaining NT4.0 BDC resides in office A

    Office B: - 10 clients (win2000 pro)
    One NT4.0 BDC which I plan to inplace upgrade to 2003 in a couple of weeks.
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    The offices are hooked up via vpn. What I am wondering is, should I bother
    to add these emulator keys to the BDC in office B before I do the upgrade to
    2003 or should I remove the keys from the 2003 DCs in office A first and
    then just install and promote the server in office B without the use of the
    keys?

    - do I just delete both keys out of the registry and reboot or should I just
    remove the neutralizent4emulator key?
    - if I remove the key(s) will my last remaining NT 4.0 BDC in office A
    continue to function normally?

    Thanks for any suggestions / tips.

    tsc
     
    TheSingingCat, Jul 22, 2004
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  2. Hello,

    Thanks for your posting here.

    You need to add NeutralizeNT4Emulator on the BDC in Office B before you
    upgrade it to be a Windows 2003 DC in remote site. After that, you can
    remove the NT4Emulator keys from the original DCs.

    After you move the NT4Emulator keys from Windows 2003 DC, then Windows
    2000/XP clients will contact the Windows 2003 DC. The domain still works
    properly.

    Please refer to the following documents for the detailed information.

    Windows 2000-Based Clients Connect Only to the Domain Controller That
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;284937

    How to Prevent Overloading on the First Domain Controller During Domain
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=298713

    Have a nice day!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 23, 2004
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  3. Thanks for clarifying that Bob!

    tsc
     
    TheSingingCat, Jul 23, 2004
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  4. My pleasure!

    Regards,
    Bob Qin
    Product Support Services
    Microsoft Corporation

    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Jul 26, 2004
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