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Move from a NT domain to a 2000 domain

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Hi there!

anyone has any advice on what the best way to mover from an NT to a 2k domain is? I have 2 servers (1 NT that is the domain controler) and one W2k that I could use as a domain controler. Should I just upgrade the NT to 2000 or rather move all the user info from the NT box to W2k.

i would rather mover the user info from the NT box to the W2k box. Anyways, advice from people that did it already would be very helpful.

Valentin
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by:mrpez1
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Always better to be native 2000. Upgrading works technically but you might run into problems down the road. Unless there are any pressing reasons not to, I'd go with your preference.
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by:STEFANV03
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do you know of any utilities I could use to transfer the users an groups database from the NT box to the 2K box?

I have 50+ users and no real desire to recreate all the usernames and passwords...


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I haven't tried this, but as it will be a new domain, it couldn't hurt to give it a shot:

http://www.skynet.f9.co.uk/html/UserMigration.htm

Just keep the NT box running until you're sure evrything is kosher.
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by:blackss
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Yes there are utilities to migrate your users and ive done what you are asking.  The utilities are CSVDE or LDIFDE.  You can export your users to a text file and then import them into a new W2k domain.

It will just take you some time to figure out how to use the commands along with Excel...

hope this helps..let me know if you need links to pages.

Brian Ritchie
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by:blackss
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Oh and i agree that it is good to start with a fresh install of W2k rather than upgrading, although both will work.  It depends on what you really want to do and how much time and effort you want to put in to it.

Cheers!
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by:MikePerkins
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I bought a new Box, Installed NT 4 on it, made it a BDC, Took the PDC off line and promoted the BDC, did the upgrade to 2000 server and it went flawless for me. Once up and running I did have to configure alittle on the DNS, DHCP but it was the easiest I had Done, But If I had run into a Problem, Just take it off the network and fireup the orginal NT4 PDC and you will be fully restored.
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