Upgrade route of NT to Windows 2003 domain - Need advice
Posted on 2005-03-03
Our current NT domain
10 odd servers
PDC – Which runs DHCP / WINS / DNS
1 Server – Exchange 5.5
Domain name - AB_CDEFGH (note has an underscore)
Clients – Mixture of Windows 98 / 2000 / XP – 80 odd
I’ve recently purchased 2 new servers that will run Windows 2003, what route would you advice would be the simplest to upgrade the network from NT to Windows 2003, considering the following factors that I would like to implement?
1) I would like to rename the old NT domain from AB_CDEFGH to mycity.mycompany.com
2) I need to keep some of the old NT boxes for file storage and retrieval (Users have different access, share rights)
3) A majority of my users have laptops running windows 98 and I won’t have physical access to their machines (they are in a different county, they still need to log on after upgrade)
4) After the upgrade of the domain, Exchange will also be upgraded after a month or so to 2003
I’m working as a one man team and would like to keep disruption to users at a minimal and reduce admin overhead where possible.
Thanks for your time & advice