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WINDOWS Server 2000 migrate to WINDOWS Server 2003 ?

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Hi Guys,

I am planning to configure my computer with Windows 2003 Server edition by making it as my primary server. The existing primary server now is running under Windows 2000 server.

Is it possible to export the Active Directory Users and Computers from Windows 2000 server to Windows 2003 Server with the same domain name, and how can it be done?

Thanks in advance



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If this new machine is to simply replace the existing machine as a domain controller for your network, then you this is very simple to do.

You will need to build the server as normal, then add it to the domain as a member server.

Next, the forest and the domain will need to be prepped for Windows 2003.

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_adprep.htm

Finally, after doing both prep and allowing time for that information to be in the domain (half an hour so should be fine) you can DCPROMO the machine in to the network.

Give it a couple of days for everything to settle, then move the FSMO roles to the new server, also make it a global catalog. Again give it a good day before going further.
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
Finally on the old machine run DCPROMO to remove the server as a domain controller. After rebooting it will be a member server in the domain. If you want to remove the machine totally, drop it in to a workgroup and reboot.

Simon.
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Sorry for a very delayed response...

I've just finished configuring the server for windows 2003.
Anyway, I am pretty sure that those suggestions you pointe out can be used somebody.

Thanks Simon
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