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Have a client that I am migrating from Windows NT 4.0 domain, 1 PDC and 1BDC. What is the easiest method of doing this retaing all user accounts, sids, etc. I know I could setup a new forest, etc but would like to not have to go to each workstation, removed from NT 4.0 domain, join new domian etc. I know how to take a Win2k3 box and join the NT 4.0 domain but how do I get the new server to become the PDC and get rid of the NT 4.0 servers without having to redo the entire network? ...

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    Default Migration from NT 4.0

    Have a client that I am migrating from Windows NT 4.0
    domain, 1 PDC and 1BDC. What is the easiest method of
    doing this retaing all user accounts, sids, etc. I know
    I could setup a new forest, etc but would like to not
    have to go to each workstation, removed from NT 4.0
    domain, join new domian etc. I know how to take a Win2k3
    box and join the NT 4.0 domain but how do I get the new
    server to become the PDC and get rid of the NT 4.0
    servers without having to redo the entire network?

    Thanks in advance!

    Keith
    Keith Guest

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    Hi Keith,
    Keith wrote: 
    this is nothing real special and there are a lot of Whitepapers on MS
    Webpages howto.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/upgrading/nt4/default.mspx
    is a good place to start.

    Simple procedure:
    Install new BDC for Domain with NT 4.
    Apply Servicepack 6a.
    Promote the server to PDC.
    Unplug former PDC from network for fallback capabilities.
    Upgrade the new PDC with Windows 2003.
    Install AD.
    Fix minor behaviurs you may have.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf.

    Olaf Guest

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    know [/ref]
    Win2k3 
    >this is nothing real special and there are a lot of[/ref]
    Whitepapers on MS 
    default.mspx 
    migrate the user accounts, security settings, etc to the
    new Windows 2003 Server without having to recreate the
    user accounts, etc.

    Thanks,
    Keith
    Keith Guest

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    Default Re: Migration from NT 4.0

    Hi Keith,
    Keith wrote: 
    thats great, but dependent of your needs to fall back in case of trouble the
    described way may be the best.
    If both servers have Windows 2003 compliant hardware and no software issues,
    you may also upgrade the less important of both after promoting it to be the
    PDC.
    Another solution would be ADMT 2, but the handling is more complicated than
    the other procedure described and the main usage is to move users from a old
    NT domain to a new, but other domain keeping as much of the old user account
    settings as possible.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf.

    Olaf Guest

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