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Windows 2003 Server as a Backup Domain Controller

I have a WIndow NT Server as a domain controller, I also have a stand alone wIndows 2003 Server ( not a member of the domain ).... is it possible to make the Windows 2003 server as a Backup Domain controller for the Windown Nt Domain controller server? If so how?
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James Hilloya
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
No...
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
what would you suggest I should do?? i think the NT server will crash soon
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Get a desktop computer....

- Load Windows NT 4.0 as BDC of your current domain on the desktop computer
- perform an inplace upgrade on this BDC to Windows 2003....

Now your domain is Windows 2003....Mixed mode.

- Add the good Windows 2003 server as a second DC to the Windows 2003 domain. (DCPROMO)
- Remove Windows 2003 Domain role from temp desktop by running DCPROMO and choose remove DC role.


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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
when i load Windows NT 4 as a BDC on a new computer will all DNS DHCP Wins setting be migrated as well??..or only users and passwords?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Nope just user accounts and group info....
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
well i only have 6 users, will it be be better if i just start from scratch on the windows 2003 server and creat a new domain with the same name?? sinceei would have to enter the dhcp settings dns settings wins settings manually anyway?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Sure...this would be easier.  This is what I would do if I were you...
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
I have taken the NT DC off line..installed Active Directory on the Win2003 Server, I used the same domain name as the nt server, recreated same accounts on new Windows 2003 server, now when i try to login to the domain i get a message saying the domain cannot be found......on the local computers do i need to rejoin the domain even though those computers already belong to that same domain name??...so should i make them member of a workgroup and the rejoin to the domain?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
You need to make them a member of the workgroup and then join them to the windows 2003 domain.
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
ok but when i do that all of the shortcuts on the desktops and personal settings get erased..........they get a new desktop....not the old one....( i guess because the oc sees them as a new use )...email needs to be reconfigured, all of the emails are gone etc...brand new desktop...is there a way to keep the old desktop settings?? shortcutes? no need to migrate email ? Thanks so mcuh for all of your help
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
You need to copy the local profile to the domain based local profile.
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
but it is not a local profile..it is a domain profile form the old nt server......does that matter??,,if not how do i copy?? thanks
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
doesn't matter... there is a cached profile from the old domain on each local macine.  Right click MY Computer, choose properties from the drop down list.  Click the ADVANCED --> User Profiles tab.  Copy the old profile to the new users domain profile.  (you will have to login once as the new user from the new domain to get a base profile created.)  Also set the "PERMITTED TO USE" to the new Domain User account.

-late
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
when y select copy to...i get a window askking for a path,,should a point it to the  users name? or to the  users desktop?
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