NT4 to 2003
Posted on 2006-07-20
Have already asked this question but having accepted answer I am not entirely sure it will be the right thing to do. The NT4 box is full of errors and our BDC only handles mail for one account through iMail and has only 128Mb and is already having hardware errors. I have been advised to upgrade the PDC to 2003 but cannot afford to take it offline to do this as it is the main mail server for the business for one of their online domains as well as central file storage, however the events logs are filling up with disk errors and its partitions are not suitable for a 2003 upgrade, ie C drive 1Gb! Everyone is telling me to do a clean network install as we have loads of logon issues as well so I suspect some corrupt user accounts (it is over 10 years old and has been unmanged).
So my main plan was to basically introduce the brand new 2003 r2 as a new domain controller ie new domain, create all the user accounts and setup mailenable as mailserver, then create a trust between the domains, and copy over the working files and images they need then take the NT4 off the network.
I know this will create two SID's on the users PC's but I know I can get rid of them later and also everyone seems to be in favour of a fresh start with new user accounts ie proper names and passwords ( not currently so) and proper file sharing using some of the features on the server.