Domain collapse and reorg
Posted on 2004-08-30
Hello Experts! I'd like some friendly advice/suggestions on how I should proceed with a domain collapse and reorg. Here is the situation. We were a smaller company (we will call it Alpha Company for the sake of this post) that was bought out by a larger company (Bravo Company). Alpaha Comany consists of one corporate office and 9 other satallite offices. There is at least one Windows 2000 domain controller at each office. Alpha Corporate has 2 DCs.
When Bravo Company bought us out we went though a migration phase from Domain Alpha to Domain Bravo. Bravo Domain is much larger than Alpha Domain with multiplie sites all over the USA. After placing temporary Bravo Domain DCs (all Windows 2003) at each site next to the Alpha Domain DCs (all Windows 2000) , we used a tool called Aelita Domain Migration Wizard 6.0 that moved all our groups and users from Alpha Domain to Bravo domain.
Our plan now is to collapse Alpha Domain. Since the existing Bravo Domain servers are only temporary, we would like to move their services to the old Alpha Domain DCs after the Alpha Domain collapse. Some of our Alpha Domain servers still run services such as DHCP, WINS, and DNS, and printing that will have to be moved to the Bravo Domain DCs before we can collapse Alpha Domain.
Once all services are moved to the temp Bravo Domain servers, what would be the best way to collapse the Alpha Domain and eventually move the temp Bravo Domain servers and services over to the old Alpha Domain servers? Thanks for all the suggestions in advance.