Want to promote my Server 2003 to Domain Controller. How do I preserve my current local logon accounts?

Posted on 2006-05-07
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Thanks in advance for your help.

With great trepidation, I am about to promote my member Server 2003 to DC. Running DCPromo, it warns me I am about to lose all local accounts. How can I prevent this?
Question by:BobGipson
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Backup your system State.

    Then you can return if necessary and still have your accounts.

    But if you're going to a domain, you cannot avoid this unless you use a different machine - in a domain, a domain controller simply does not have local accounts.
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    If this was a member server were you actually using local accounts, or rather domain accounts. Normally you would not be using local accounts if a member of a domain, even though not a domain controller. The local accounts, if any, will be deleted except for the local administrator account. Good idea to make sure you know the password for that account, or reset it now, if using another account to administer the server, just as a precautionary measure.

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    Thank you for the quick responses.

    Will the local accounts actually be deleted or will they be transferred over as domain accounts?

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    I think they are local accounts. They do not show up in AD on the single existing DC. Am I looking in the right place?
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    by:Rob Williams
    Except for the administrator account and some system accounts, they will be deleted. They will not be transfered at all.

    Local accounts would be in Computer management under, System tools, local users and groups, users
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    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks BobGipson,

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    If you don't have many local accounts on that machine, I would simply just export your user list from Computers and users into a text filem which you can simply recreate in your new AD Domain, once you run DCPROMO.

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