Steps for migrating from Windows NT to AD child domain
Posted on 2006-06-10
I have 2 NT domains at different places (say NTDOM-A at Site1 and NTDOM-B at Site2). I want to migrate them to Windows 2003 R2. I will build AD Forest Domain with 2 DC's (say WinRoot.local at Site1) and will create 2 child domain with 2 DC's in each domain (child1.WinRoot.local at Site1 & child2.WinRoot.local at Site2). I want to install Exchange cluster as Back-End with a front-end at both the child domains.
Q1)I would like to know how should I proceed with the DNS server placement, DNS Zone settings, Zone Replication & Forwarders?
Q2) Do I need to migrate the DNS zones from old DNS server to new DNS servers?
Q3)After migrating comptuer objects using ADMT 3.0, what will be the impact on the client side? Do I need to visit each client to copy the NT profile to new 2003 domain profile?
Q4) If I use ADMT 3.0, is the procedure for migrating passwords same as ADMT 2.0?
Q5) If I opt for inplace upgrade instead of migration, will the client machines recognize the new domain automatically and all the users will still have the same desktop settings? In migration ADMT will send an agent to the workstations, with an inplace upgrade of PDC, how will the workstations know about the new AD domain?