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Exchange 2000 and NT4 Domains

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Here's my conundrum. We are currently in the process of building a new W2K domain to support the move to Exchange 2000. The bosses want us to continue to add new user accounts to the NT4 domains after we've completed the move of existing mailboxes to E2K. I'm not sure if there is a way to do this. How do you connect the new NT4 account to the E2K mailbox? Using the AD Connector you are moving a security principal that ties the users 5.5 mailbox to the AD with a disabled account. Does anyone know of a way to do this after the fact? Maybe a third party tool?
I hope this is clear, if not, ask away.

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In order to setup an Exchange 2000 mailbox, you need to add the user to W2K AD.

It looks like you'll be adding a username to W2K *AND* the old NT4 system?  What is the reason/need for the NT4 account?

Ideally, you could set up a trust between the W2K and NT4 domains and add the W2K username to any security or groups you need.  This would eliminate the need for the Nt4 account.

You'd need to setup the user's name on W2K, add the E2k mailbox and add Microsoft Exchang erver to Outlook's list of services. the user will be prompted for their W2K password to access the mailbox.  NOTE: since the user never logs on to the W2K domain, they'll have to way of changing their password (you'll be stuck with that duty).


What you want is possible and was actually suggested by a former consultant during our E2K evaluations.  Note the word "former".  It's not a good solution and you'll be running into a LOT of cleanup down the road.
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Nevar,

I know that this is not a good solution and my bosses know I feel that way. I want to go the trust route but they insist that our support people would be confused having to administer both an W2K domain and our existing NT4 domain structure. I give them more credit than that but they don't sign my paycheck. Thanks for the information. You confirmed what I thought. Could you expand on a "LOT" of cleanup if you know? I want to throw that at the higher ups too.

Thanks,
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Nevar,

I know that this is not a good solution and my bosses know I feel that way. I want to go the trust route but they insist that our support people would be confused having to administer both an W2K domain and our existing NT4 domain structure. I give them more credit than that but they don't sign my paycheck. Thanks for the information. You confirmed what I thought. Could you expand on a "LOT" of cleanup if you know? I want to throw that at the higher ups too.

Thanks,
T
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