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What are the steps to upgrade NT4 PDC to windows 2000 server DC?
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Do a full backup.

If you do not have a BDC - set one up temporarily and sync them (this is a fail-safe roll-back).  Remove it from the LAN.

Upgrade the PDC - test.

If all is well unjoin the BDC from the Domain and carry out your business.  If something fails, unplug that DC and connect up the BDC.  Promote it to PDC and determine the root of the failure before trying again.

Hope that helps.

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by:huikf
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Thanks for the comment, we have a NT4 BDC to roll-back in case the W2K DC fail.
Btw, for the upgrade/migration of NT4 to W2K.
Can we just run the setup from W2K CD? or Just run the AD Migration tool (admt.exe)?http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/activedirectory/admt.asp

Many thanks.
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Just run winnt32 from the i386 folder on the Windows 2000 Server CD.  You can do this from with NT4.

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by:huikf
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Did all the objects like Users account, groups, folder permissions etc remain the same as NT4?

Any ideas for the AD Migration tool (admt.exe)? How to use?


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They will all be upgraded.

ADMT is used when migrating accounts and groups from an NT4 domain to 2000/2003 domains on different hardware during a restructure or parallel domain coexistance.

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This is going to drive me crazy.  My office is being remodeled and I can't get to my books.  But I want to say that Group Policy does not carry over in the Migration.  I took a class on migration, but haven't worked with it since.  So I might be wrong...?
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