Installing new 2003 server with 2000 server already in place.

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm hoping someone can give me either a good reference site or some advice.  Here's the scenario:  Windows 2000 server already in place, just a one server environment so this box is a PDC, does file/print, etc.  It also runs the company's accounting software, but that migration is being handled by another company.  What I'd like to do is get the 2003 server in place, transfer all the pertinent user data from the 2000 server...make the 2003 server the PDC.  The 2000 server will be removed (after the accounting data is transferred), so I'd like to get as much of the pertinent user info as possible over to when the accounting consultants come onsite, all they have to do is install and configure their software and SQL2000...and make the transition for the users as seamless as possible.
Question by:rphilyaw
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    First, there is no such thing as a PDC in an Active Directory domain - it is simply a DC.

    You will essentially be upgrading to ACtive Directory 2003 version.  Here are some links with instructions for that:
    Here are some links that should get you going for upgrading a 2000 domain to 2003:

    Common Mistakes When Upgrading a Windows 2000 Domain To a Windows 2003 Domain;en-us;555040

    Hotfixes to install before you run adprep /Forestprep on a Windows 2000 domain controller to prepare the Forest and domains for the addition of Windows Server 2003-based domain controllers | Windows | How To Upgrade Windows 2000 Domain to Windows 2003 Server
    Quote from the top of this article: "Several glossy Microsoft presenters have stated that all you need to do to complete a Windows 2003 Domain upgrade is run ADPREP and then upgrade away.  This may work for very small / simple environments but it is definitely not good advice for most companies.  After upgrading five servers in two unrelated domains and installing many fresh copies of 2003 I can say that I personally would not skip a single step in the process I have developed below."

    How can I transfer some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another?

    How To Create or Move a Global Catalog in Windows 2000

    [If you run Exchange 2000] Windows Server 2003 adprep /forestprep Command Causes Mangled Attributes in Windows 2000 Forests That Contain Exchange 2000 Servers

    Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Assistance Center

    [If using R2 release of Windows 2003] Extending Your Active Directory Schema for New Features in Windows Server 2003 R2

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