NT 4.0 to Win2003 R2 Upgrade Question.
Posted on 2006-11-17
We currently are going to be upgrading our environment to a Win2003 domain from an NT4 domain.
We obviously have no Active directory etc.
4 win 2003 STD Servers
1 win 2000 STD Server
2 winNT 4.0 servers
75 Client machines Running Win2000 and XP
We have the WinNT doing the PDC and the other doing BDC. Here are some questions I have.
Is it better to upgrade from NT4.0 to Win2003R2 Directly? Or would it be better to go from NT4 to 2000 to 2003. We need to setup DNS, WINS, DHCP, and Active directory on our new 2003 machine.
My preffered method I assume would be going right up to 2003 from NT and skipping the 2000 step
I have also installed an NT4 box on some hardware that I can upgrade to 2003 or 2000 of course. This way I don't need to worry about domain name changing etc. I plan on making this hardware my PDC and demoting the other NT4 (current PDC) to BDC. Then doing the in place upgrade to Win2003 on this box.
We also have a win2003R2 Box with all new hardware that is installed and ready to takeover for the upgraded 2003box. We will then transfer all services to this unit and demote the other to BDC and then out of the domain completely. along with both NT4 boxes we currently use. This won't happen instantly so I assume we'll be running mixed mode for awhile maybe.
Other than the question above can anyone offer guidance on if you think this should work OK or what I should try or do differently then listed. I plan to do this upgrade over thanksgiving next week.
Thanks for your suggestions/help