Domain Consolidation Considerations
Posted on 2004-11-02
I'm a new and the only systems administrator at a small company in Vermont. The last systems adminstrator developed an overly complex setup here that I'm trying to simplify. We only have 5 servers (4 in main location and 1 remote) and they set it up with 2 domains. I want to consolidate this down to one domain. I'm in the planning phase right now and would like some input on what things I should take into consideration to complete this simplification.
We have Win2k3, Win2k and WinNT servers. Domain A has the bulk of our services (Remote access, Exchange2k3, and file services)There are 4 servers in that domain with 2 being Win2k3, 1 Win2k and 1 WinNT. I will be taking the final NT server off-line first, it doesn't serve much of a purpose only serving up our remote access which I think can easily be handled by the current file server. Domain B has our most important server running SQL and also working as a print server and yes Domain B is comprised completely of this one very important Win2k server. There are literally no other computer accounts in this domain. I need to dispose of the the active directory in Domain B and then bring that server up in Domain A's directory.
I hope I'm explaining enough here. Like I said I'm a rookie. Any and all inputs would be appreciated.