WinNT4 Domain to be upgraded to Win2K3SBS

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Josh Gard, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Josh Gard

    Josh Gard Guest

    Hello to all,

    I currently have a small domain (1 PDC, approx. 30
    users/computer) running on an outdated Windows NT 4
    Server box. I am in the process of loading Windows 2003
    Small Business Server Premium on a new Dell PowerEdge
    2600 Server. This server will replace the current NT
    server. What is the best way to migrate the domain from
    the old NT box to the new 2K3 box, without losing
    permissions and computer accounts? I can create the new
    AD logons no problem, but I would prefer to not have to
    reconfigure all the file structure permissions. Another
    questions, is there a way to migrate the Windows 2000 Pro
    and XP Pro workstations to the new server without loosing
    the user's profiles and settings? It seems like
    everytime you do anything with the domain on a
    2kPro/XPpro box, you loose the profile (although there's
    a registry trick to fix that after the fact, I'd prefer
    to do it the clean/right way =). Any help on this matter
    would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    New Dell PowerEdge 2600
    Dual Intel Xeon 2.8GHz
    73GB Ultra SCSI HDs x3, RAID 5
    Dual Intel 10/100/1000 NICs
    160GB DLT Backup
    Windows SBS 2003 Premium
    Josh Gard, Jul 6, 2004
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  2. Josh Gard

    Feng Mao Guest

    Hi Josh,

    Thank you for posting!

    From your previous message, I understand that you want to upgrade your
    outdated Windows NT 4 domain to Windows Small Business Server 2003 domain.

    Josh, we have a document which provides step-step instructions to migrate
    from Windows NT 4.0 Server to Windows Small Business Server 2003. This
    document is available at the below hyperlink:

    For additional information about upgrading to Windows Small Business Server
    2003, click the below hyperlink for the detailed information.

    As to the migration from Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP
    Professional, I am afraid that Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
    Professional cannot be upgraded to Windows Server. However, you can migrate
    them from the old Windows NT 4 domain to Windows SBS 2003 domain. Generally
    speaking, a new profile will be created when you join the new domain. If
    you use local profile on these computer, you can copy your old profile to
    the new one. For detailed information about how to copy your old profile to
    the new one, click the below hyperlink and view "Copy Files to the New User
    Profile" section of the article in Microsoft knowledge base:
    811151 How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

    I hope that the above information is helpful.

    Have a nice day!

    Thanks & Regards,

    Feng Mao [MSFT], MCSE
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

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    Feng Mao, Jul 7, 2004
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  3. Ahhhh!!!

    Not another SBS deployment, think of the children!!
    TheSingingCat, Jul 20, 2004
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