migrate files from one domain to another

Posted on 2005-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I fully configured and built a fresh new Window Server 2003 standard on brand new hardware.  It is a domain controller with a domain name of  I need to migrate files to this new server from an NT 4.0 file server that resides in a NT4 domain called  

Active Directory and DNS are running on the 2003 server, I did not install DHCP nor did I set a default gateway in the network card's TCP/IP Properties.  The old NT domain "" has DHCP, DNS and users running.  My question is if I connect the new 2003 domain controller to the network so that I can migrate files will this cause problems for my users?

I'm assuming it wouldn't because all the user computers are part of the domain and dhcp points them to  But I just want to make sure my users can't accidently connect to the new server's domain until it's ready.  Is there any way this could happen?
Question by:bboy77
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    Accepted Solution

    you shouldn't have any issues.  The only issues you should have would be for the users to have open files, etc while you were trying to copy them.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply. I also realized something else.  The old NT domain "" does not run DNS services.  It uses the ISPs DNS servers.  The problem is we have a web site on the Internet with a dns record of "" also.  When I run ipconfig /all on one of the client's connected to the domain I get something like this.

     Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : computer3   ----> this client is part of the domain
     Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
     Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
     IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
     WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
     DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

    t adapter Local Area Connection:

     Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
     Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Com  1
     Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 01-01-0c-78-1A-12
     Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
     Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
     IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :   ---> client ip address
     Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
     Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :         ------>router gateway ip address
     DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :      -------> the main windows nt PDC
     DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :           ----> Our ISPs DNS servers

    The part that concerns me is the Connection-specific DNS Suffix  portion  That's actually the name of the new domain on the windows 2003 server that I am migrating to.  Are these DNS settings going to screw things upo when I plug the new server on the network.

    I really appreciate  your comment thus far.  If this will work. Itsaves me a lot of time.  I don't have to wait until the weekend to bring the server out of production and then start the migration.

    (I'm substituting fake names for the domain names btw).
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    Expert Comment

    is the new domain controller running dns then ?  That may be a portion of why it picked up that dns server.  Another thing is do you already have a trust set up, etc ?  With the DNS setup, unless you have users on that domain, there is no way for them to access that domain without some kind of user/trust setup or network shares.
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    Author Comment

    The new domain controller is running DNS with the domain name and it's not plugged into the network yet.  I don't have any trusts set up, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to.  All I want to copy over is files.  I don't want to transfer  dns zones, accounts, global catalog etc.  

    I think the client picked up the host name dns suffix from the ISPs dns servers.  Our ISP dns servers point to the company website which is hosted by a 3rd party completely separate from the network in question.

    thanks again, really helpful info.  I'm thinking this is going to work.
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    Author Comment

    Tried it out today, worked like a charm.  Set my windows 2003 server network connections to automatically pick up an IP address and didn't give it a default gateway.  It didn't interfere with users work on the domain.

    Migrated all the data without a hitch!!

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