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Going from workgroups to domains

Posted on 2001-07-24
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I run a small shop of just under 15 computers. I have been reading a bit about the added security and control that is available when using domains rather than work groups. And some of the advantages of active directory as well.

The question is, what is the best (easiest & safest) way to convert from workgroups to domains?

We have a DNS running and severial entries in the domain list for our web/mail/ftp servers. But all the computers on the network except for the Windows 2000 Advance Server system are all Windows 98/Me.

I know this isn't an easy question. At least I think it isn't from the large amount of info available on the subject of domains and active directory. so I am awarding some hefty points and can go a bit higher if this turns out to be even tougher than I think.

I am simply looking for good suggestions maybe example steps I should take to make the switch. I know that a backup is step 1, what is next?

OH! I have the bood drive mirrored so should I break the mirror connection first?
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gwiz your question is actualy not tough at all.
-The best way to switch from a workgroup to a domain is to call the 2000 netbios compatable domain name the same name as the workgroup.
Example.  Your lan has a workgroup called "myoffice"
          Your company has a internet domain name called mycompany.com.
-Call the 2000 domain myoffice.mycompany.com.
-Computers login to myoffice.
"We have a DNS running and severial entries in the domain list for our web/mail/ftp servers"
-When you upgrade your 2000 advanced server to a domain controller, all of your internet dns zones will be retained as primary forward lookup zones. You will have a new zone that is somewhat different from the existing ones.
This zone would be called myoffice.mycompany.com & contain host records & 2000 domain records for the LAN & not any external internet info. The zone will have to be active directory integrated & accept dynamic updates from serives like dhcp.
-You do not have to break your mirror to run dcpromo (upgrage to a domain controller). If you've not had any hardware problems & such on your server it should upgrade "smooth as silk".
-My suggested steps for upgrade.
-Install Wins
-In DNS, create the new zone.
-In DNS add forwarders & enter your ISP's dns server IP's.
-In TCP/ip properties of the Nic's on the 2000 server, point the dns option to your local DNS server IP. (Forwarders will take care of non local queries)
-Run DCPromo & upgrade the server to a domain controller.
-In DNS, modify the properties of the zone & switch it to active directory integrated & accept dynamic updates.
-Add the wins server IP in the dns zone properties also (wins tab in dns).
-Create user accounts for the 15 computers.
-Modify the dhcp scope options of tcp/ip settings on the client computers dns option to point to the new domain controller. (If you're using dhcp, use options 006,015,044,046). If dns info is manually configured on client stations, enter a host name also domain info as myoffice.mycompany.com.
-Set the client for microsoft networks to login to the domain myoffice, reboot & test it out on a client..

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Very cool. I will try that out shortly.
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Great! It seems to be working great now!
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Help help help!

Well I thought it was working until I tried to log in from a remote machine!

Now none of the remote systems can log on to the server domain. I get this message...

"The logon server did not recognize your domain password, or access to the server has been denied. Make sure you typed the password correctly. And then try again."

... Did I miss a step? I checked the user password and it is correct. None of the users can log in from any computer other than the server. Everyone can log in there.
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