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Guide/Overview of migrating servers and clients to new windows domain

Right now all of our clients and servers are in a child domain (ie.... childcompany.parentcompany.com).  We are having issues with getting a Global catalog to work for our site.  I've done so much troubleshotting at this point without much luck.  I don't believe there is a configuration issue.  There must be some corruption in our AD databases.  

I could go on and on about the troubleshooting we've done....but let me say here is what I would like to do:  Build a new domain that isn't apart of our parent company (ie only childcompany.com) and then of course migrate our existing clients and servers to the new domain.  I know this is a big project.

I think I have a good idea of what all is involved in migrating existing clients.  But, I am looking some sort of guide or overview of this process though.  Maybe some tips and pitfalls to watch out for.  
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Chris StauntonCommented:
Depending on the size of your domain, the hardest part for me when switching from 14 child sites to one single domain model was all of the user accounts.  Of course joining the "new" domain with all the computer accounts was no small task either.  Those two things are the biggest time sucks you can have when moving from one domain model to another.  There are some great tools out there for managing 100's or 1000's or 10000's of users.  ADToolkit is useable in Demo mode for just this time of project.  http://www.javelinasoftware.com/advantage.html  Please take a close look at this software it was well worth the purchase for me, I use it almost daily in automating mass changes in AD.

Cheers,


Shoota
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Chris StauntonCommented:
eeek  time should be type in the above post
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philmaceriAuthor Commented:
That software is really more for maintenance of AD.  Not involving migration.  I think the ADMT tool provided by Microsoft would be helpful for me.  Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with ADMT?  And is there a way to automate the changing of a domain on a desktop?
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Chris StauntonCommented:
In our migration from multiple childs to single domain we also changed from non-standard to standard user account names firstname.lastname.  As well as creating all new user accounts with specific rights on the newly created user folders.  ADtoolkit was great for this as we were able to import CSV files with usernames and were able to set specific rights to their user folders on the fly.

Cheers,

Shoota
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