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Migrating AD to New Domain

Hello Experts!

We are currently using AD on 2K3 environment but would like to setup a server with  new domain name and move the current AD to it.  I like to know if this is can be accomplished without too much problem.  If possible, please explain the necessary steps as well.  thanks
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Is this migration simply to change the domain name?  If so, you can change the domain name without doing a domain migration in Windows 2003:

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_controller_rename.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/downloads/winsrvr/domainrename.mspx
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sabwelsAuthor Commented:
NJComputerNetworks
           We're building a new server with a different domain name and want to move our current AD to it.   Our current domain is abc.local.  The new one will be abc.123.local.  Hope this makes more sense.  
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi sabwels,

Option 1)

promote your new DC into the domain and add as an additional DC then follow the following
http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_rename.htm

Option 2)
You can create an entirely new Domain with a fresh install, then use the Active Directoy Migration Tool to import all your user accounts from the other domain over to the new one,  
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sabwelsAuthor Commented:
Jay_Jay70
     If AD is migrated over to the new domain, what about the user's local profile.  I'm assuming we will have to re-configure all their settings again.  
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yeah if you take the migration path you will have to reconfigure each user.... which shouldnt be hard if you are using GPO
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sabwelsAuthor Commented:
Jay_Jay70
        Can you elaborate on GPO and users profile?  How does that solve the problem or make it easier.  
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
well depending on what you mean by configuring each user, are you talking about desktop and security settings? if so then you can control them all via group policy even down to the level of software deployment
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
But if you are talking about making sure the profile that the users currently log in with as are used to using...this profile will reset when you join the new domain.  However, you can export the profile before you remove the computer from the domain and re-import the profile when you join the new domain...
See Accessory --> System Tools --> File and settings Transfer Wizard
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