Does an Active Directory or NT domain have a SID?
In part of my NT migration I have used the ADMTv2 tool. I am now going to use the domain rename to correct the domain name to how it used to be. The majority of our clients are running legacy systems (95, NT, 98, ME) so they will find the domain via netbios. Its quite important that we don't have to visit these machines. Currently they are connected to our <companyDomain> on the NT server. With the new Windows 2003 server we hope to give it the same computername and re-create the domainname.
Currently we have <tempCompanyDomain.local> and it needs to be changed to <companyDomain.local>
Its in its own forest created from scratch and the windows 2003 server is running in 2000 native mode.
How easy to rename the domain is this going to be? I was thinking of using the Domain Rename.exe tool. Or could I easily create a new domain and move my user accounts over?
I need expert advice on this one! ;-)
How can I backup my system state and all AD stuff? Its getting annoying reformating each time =)
How can I migrate my passwords over? Is it possible? In an ideal world we would like to do this as it makes the IT department look good. If we have to tell 60 users there unique secret password is "password" ;-) then they will think its a botch job upgrade.
When I used the ADMTv2 tool it didn't migrate the the computer names. To me this doesn't seem like a big thing as when log on for the first time on a computer it adds it computername and stuff to the computers list. I heard that this only happened because I am an admin and wont happen for the rest of the users. I'd like a second opinion on this. Could I manually add in the computer names here instead? Or is there some unique SID or something.
Did I bore you with those questions :P
I'd appreciate the experts who can answer my queries! =)