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Export User Accounts from Active Directory to Windows NT

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My Windows NT 4.0 PDC crashed. I used the Active Directory Migration Wizard to migrate my users, groups, and computers to the active directory machine in preparation from the switch from 4.0 to Active Directory. Is there a way in which I can export my user information from the Active Directory machine back into my Windows NT PDC. We are not ready to move to a Windows 2000 Domain Controller.
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Michael Pfister earned 2000 total points
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I doubt that exporting your accounts from your Windows 2000 server and reimport threm to a new PDC will really help you. All file system, registry and Exchange permissions are linked to their SID and not to the real user name. These SIDs will be created randomly when adding users and groups by scripts.

I can't see the disadvantage of letting the Windows 2000 machine do the PDC job in Mixed Mode, but if you really have to turn off your Windows 2000 machine:

Install a NT 4 server machine as a BDC.
Let it replicate with your Windows 2000 machine (which is per default the PDC of your domain).
Turn off the Windows 2000 machine and promote your BDC to PDC.

Hope this helps

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