Clean install from Windows NT 4.0 to Server 2003
Posted on 2004-08-02
Hi Everybody. Just a quick question.
I have two NT 4 DC's. I have moved all relevant items to the NT BDC. I am planning on performing a clean install on the current NT 4 PDC.
When I start the clean install, I was planning on the following:
1. Removing the PDC from the network, and leaving the BDC on the network.
2. After I get Server 2003 installed on the original NT PDC...can I bring the fresh 2003 installation online and construct a new domain in a new forest, set up DNS, and all of the associated details involved in 2003 and finally down the road upgrade or perform a clean install on the BDC?
3. Do I need to leave the original NT PDC online while I perform a clean install? I have read that if the "Upgrade or Clean Install" fails, then the ( NT BDC CANNOT be promoted to a PDC). Then I would need to start from scratch coming back up from a re-install of NT.
I am really not concerned with security, that's why I thought I could take the PDC off the network while performing the clean install...and just let the NT BDC perform logon auth and whatnot, which is working fine. I also relaize that when both servers are up to 2003 they will both be domain controllers.
Will there be a problem if I install 2003 on the PDC while off the network?
What is the best approach to this...
Thank you in advance,