Backup Active Directory / Upgrading help
Posted on 2004-11-18
I am getting ready to migrate my server from Windows 2000 Server to Windows 2003 SBS. I have a small setup which is limited to 15 users. This is my first time trying to backup/restore AD so I would like some advice.
Rather than "upgrading" my current installation of Windows 2000 server to the new 2003 SBS, I would rather backup my active directory, FDISK the OS drive (a have all the data on a seperate drive), and install the Windows 2003 SBS. Once the installation is complete I would like to restore the AD so that I don't have to recreate the users, groups, etc. and re-assign permissions on the file system, etc. All this needs to happen in the same box.
My first question is if this is actually feasible. In the worse case I can recreate all the object manually, but I would rather not. If somehow I can restore everything back into the new OS, how would I go about doing this? (and how would I back it up?)
Unfortunately I procrastinated on this one -- I am going to attempt this over the weekend, so prompt responses would be greatly appreciated.