Advice on Novell 6.5 -> 2k3 Server migration and planning domain structure

Hello All,

I need to figure out how to do a novell 6.5 to Windows Server 2003 migration, and any advice on things to watch out for would be muchly appreciated. There is a lot of info on this subject already so I can search for this, my main problem is understanding the domain layout.

We have two physical locations, one in Brisbane and one in Adelaide. My thinking is each site has its own PDC and we create trusts between the sites so replication can occur. However in order to leave room for future expansion, I would like to make these domains child domains of '' so there will be and What I dont understand is what is '' meant to do? If I get a server and install DNS and AD as (it will be physically located at the brisbane office), but then I need to get another server installed as If anyone can help me understand this that would be fantastic, as you have probably guessed I dont know much about planning out domains etc :/ Thanks all,

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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Never done a Novell to 2003 migration, although we do run both in our corporate network..

With 2003, you will not need to create trusts, as long as you are running one forest..

The first domain that you create in your Active Directory forest is automatically designated as the forest root domain. The forest root domain provides the foundation for your Active Directory forest infrastructure.

In a multiple domain design, the forest root domain can be a dedicated root used only for administration of the forest, or it can contain users, groups, and resources in addition to the forest administration accounts. Once the forest root domain is deployed, the forest owner will create one or more regional child domains to complete the Active Directory forest hierarchy.

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
So, you can create a Forest Root with, then add the regional domains to this forest..

I suggest you do a lot of reading, and plan your domain structure well before proceeding..!!!

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KromeTechAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info Fatal_Exception.

So the forest root '' is a physical machine that is running DNS and AD for '' at the brisbane office. Do I then need to get another server to install as Will this create problems if I have the forest root server running DNS for and then adding another server that runs DNS as

Thanks for your help im probably making no sense :/ i am reading through those links so hopefully Ill get a bit more insight soon..

Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Yes, you need another domain controller (server) for each domain you are running at your locations.

No, this will not cause any problems...  in fact, it is recommended that you run DNS in each domain, keeping all traffic that is local, local...

And, you make plenty of sense, as these questions are usually the first to be asked by anyone attempting this migration..  :)

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