Changing from an NT 4.0 Domain to a Windows 2003 Domain.
Posted on 2006-10-26
I work at a school and currently we have an old NT 4.0 Server as a PDC in the Freedom domain.
We only have about 50 users on it because we have just generic logins, not individual logins.
We have 7 Windows 2003 servers that are installed into this FREEDOM domain, none of them are set to be domain controllers.
If I wanted to switch control of the domain to a 2003 domain, which I want to do by just typing in those 50 users on the 2003 side... I don't want to do a migrate, not just for 50 users.
So would I just type all of those users into one of my 2003 servers and then shutdown the NT 4.0 PDC and then assign the PDC role to one of the 2003 machines? What can I expect to happen? Will it propogate those users to the other 2003 servers automatically, or only if I make them BDC's?
Any help would be appreciated. Kind of a wierd situtation... we have very old mixing with brand new. But I would really like to do this switchover because NT is a lot more susceptible to virus attacks and what not than 2003.