Posted on 2004-08-19
I have a client with a simple Windows 2000 AD domain - single box running as a DC and file server. There are just 5 users on this small network, a printer and an ADSL router/firewall.
As the existing server hardware is about 5 years old (and creaking!) I have been asked to get in a replacement server and to install Windows 2003 Server Standard edition. This will be my first go at migrating a Windows 2000 domain to Windows 2003. I've done several new install with no migrations but I'm keen to get things right first time if I can.
The server has LOADS of errors on it (my client set it up himself) and hasn't wanted me to spend the time getting the existing installation right... It also has Exchange Server 2000 on it (integrated with AD) but this has not been used for about a year now as the client on my recommendation uses an outsourced Exchange solution to cut down on network maintenance costs. I'm pleased to say this has worked well.
I have a number of questions please:
1. If I uninstall Exchange Server 2000 on the existing server using add/remove programs do I need to be aware of any post-uninstallation issues with AD (or anything else). In other words am I opening a can of worms? Or indeed is this strictly necessary to prepare for the migration to 2003?
2. The shares and permissions on the current server are a real mess. Basically whenever anything stopped working that user suddenly seemed to be added to the Administrators group! I'm tempted to start again and get the groups and shares on a firmer footing. Is it better to migrate the shares, groups and users using ADMT or should I take my time and do this manually?
3. Given the poor state of the current Windows 2000 server installation which approach to migration should I take? I've looked through EE and many other resources and it would appear that I could:
- Run ADMT with /forestprep and /domainprep switches
- Add the new server as a member server to the existing Windows 2000 domain
- Copy the profiles etc using ADMT
- Unplug the old server and run DCPROMO on the new box
Is this is best approach?
4. I don't seem to be able to see all of the user profiles when I look at My Computer | Properties | User Profiles. All profiles are roaming and stored on the current server but in two directories. For some reason (!) my client has mapped the root of the data partition (D:) on the server to drive letter H: also on the server. Some of the profiles are in the \\server\user profiles\[user name] whilst others are in \\server\data\user profiles\[user name]. The ones in the "data" share appear to be migratable whilst the others in \\server\user profiles\[user name] do not! Any thoughts on this please?
Thanks for your help!