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I have a brand new server that is going to be my dc in 2003, I am planning on upgrading the domain etc in the following way, I am not a great Windows admin so any suggestions or considerations is what I am looking for or even a better plan.

Created another NT BDC this has synced.

Take the BDC and put it on a private network or vlan, then upgrade that server to 2003 AD etc, then take my new server and install 2003 on this same private lan as the same server as the NT Domain controller, then copy all the files to the new 2k3 server from the NT Domain controller after I rename it.. Setup the print queues on the new 2k3 server.  I am sure I am simplifying and missing something.  

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Michael
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Greetings mwebb_sdmc
> Take the BDC and put it on a private network or vlan, then upgrade that
> server to 2003 AD etc, then take my new server and install 2003 on this
> same private lan as the same server as the NT Domain controller, then
> copy all the files to the new 2k3 server from the NT Domain controller
> after I rename it.. Setup the print queues on the new 2k3 server.  I
> am sure I am simplifying and missing something.  

Not going to work.  The PDC MUST be upgraded first.  But it was a good thing you made another BDC.  The generally accepted and recommended method of upgrade (and I'm REALLY summarizing here) is to create a BDC, then pull it off the network entirely.  This will be your backup server in case something goes wrong.  Then Upgrade the existing PDC to 2003.  You will be running in Mixed Mode.  This is a good thing for now.I strongly recommend you read some info on domain migration from NT4 to 2000/2003.  Here are some links:

http://whitepapers.businessweek.com/detail/RES/1091470637_401.html
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Upgrading-Windows-NT-2000-Windows-2003-Part1.html
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/aa8a4ec6-f6f1-4f43-92a8-207ec4620226.mspx



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