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Migrate users from win2k to a win2k3 server

Posted on 2004-04-26
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Hi All

I have a Windows 2000 Server on a Dell PE2400, We have just got our new servers to replace the 2400's and I need to migrate the Windows users from windows 2000 to windows 2003, I need to do this as the FTP clients that have access to the servers reset there own passwords therefore I cant just go and make new users on the 2003 server.

So the Question is
How do you either, Migrate the Users from win2k to win2k3 or how do you recover passwords?
I dont think there is a way to recover passwords but surely theres a way to migrate the users?

Any help is appreciated - Also sorry its only 245 as thats all i have to give apparently?

Cheers
Chris
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by:msice
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Is this a domain? If so, just add the new servers to the Existing domain as additional DCs and then dcpromo the rolls over to the 2003 servers.  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/win2k/w2ktows03-2.mspx
Also look into Ghosting over the 2000 install and then upgrading that to 2003 http://www.symantec.com/ghost/ avoid this if you can though as it won’t be as clean as the first option.
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by:Cypher188
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Hi msice
Sorry but the servers are not in a Domain. Therefore no Domain Controllers to preform a roll over :o(
I dont think that ghosting is going to be the best solution either and would like to avoid that if possible, a clean install is really what we are after.
Have you any other ideas?
Cheers
Chris
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by:infotrader
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Unless you use a hacking software like l0pht that forcefully hashes out passwords against your database, you are really out of luck (this could also take days of hashing as well), and the software is not cheap.

My recommendation is to keep the old server for ftp use ONLY, and move all other functionality to the new server.  Put out a notice that the ftp passwords will be resetted after a certain grace period, and when that time frame comes, take the old server out of commission.

- Info
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Hi All
I found a solution, theres a piece of software Called IDEAL Administration. Its an awsome peice of software that allows remote administration of servers, workstations and even macs?
You can copy and paste users from one server to another and do Password syncronisation which basically copys the passwords over.
Also has a neat take over feature which is very simlar to PC Anywhere but doesnt require huge installs on the target computer nor for it to be waiting to be taken over.

Software made by PointDev
IDEAL Administration
http://www.pointdev.com/us.htm
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Solved all my problems.
Thanks for everyones help.
Cheers
Chris
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