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Migrate from NT 4.0 to 2003

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Hello,

Has bought a new server with 2003, the old NT 4.0 domain controller should be taken out of the network. Should the win2003 server be added to the domain and be promoted to a DC, and the NT server to a BDC? Or should I just take the NT server down and make a new domain with the same name? There are not many users in this domain so making new accounts are not the problem. What I want is to make this invisible for the users, I don't want to spend time at the clients adding them to a new domain or see their local profile is getting lost. Any advice how to do this the easiest way?
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Hello,

If you want the cleanest way to have the server running then don't do a promote but start clean! First make copies of the WS profile that are localy in documents and settings. Then unplug the lan from the NT PDC but keep it running in case you need something from it. Create new domain on the W2003 server en in there create the user accounts.
This should be the cleanest way. If you do upgrades or promotes sometimes you get NT stuff with it that you don't want. If you don't have many accounts then do it the simple way.

Only thing id you still have to go to the client side to let the PC join the Active Directory domain. But you can copy the profiles and when logged in to the new domain copy the backup over the new profile so you have all the settings again!

Best Regards
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The best way to do it (depending on your size) is to do a migration.  With Windows 2003, you get to use the ADMT (Active Directory Migration Tool) 2.0.  This allows you to migrate passwords as well as account, groups, and everything else.

Microsoft has some really good write-ups on it.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/articleindex.mspx

Good luck!
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