Migrating from NT to 2003
Posted on 2004-08-10
The time has come! We are finally going to be upgrading Windows NT domain and Exchange 5.5 to 2003!! Yay! :)
Problem is I am not sure where to start...
Let me begin by providing a little background about out infrastructure.
- Single site
- We our on a flat network and domain (working on getting this upgraded)
- 300 Users
- One 5.5 Server
- 1 NT PDC
- 2 NT BDCs
- 1 2000 DNS Server
- 2 NT WINS, DHCP Servers
- 1 2003 Print Server
- 4 NT and 2000 File Servers
I have two new Windows 2003 servers on the way for Active Directory domain controllers.
I have heard I should bring up one of the new servers as a BDC and then promote it to a PDC after it syncs and then demote my other NT boxes.. IS this correct?
What about DNS? How will the new DCs work with my existing Windows 2000 DNS box?
Should I use a AD integrated or a standard zone?
I also have some server name with underscores and dashes, will these need to be renamed before I setup AD?
Does exchange 5.5 play nice with Windows 2003 and Active Directory? What has to be done to exchange to get to work with 2003 AD?
Sorry for all the questions! I just don't want to screw this up! :)