Do I have to create computer accounts in a new domain when it's the same name as the old domain?

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Here's the deal, we had a domain that consisted of 2 NT 4.0 Servers.  We removed both of those servers and installled 2 new 2003 servers and kept the same exact domain name.

The machines that were a part of the old NT 4.0 domain are logging right in, no problems at all...  They don't have computer accounts on the new 2003 domain even, yet they work fine.   This will save a ton of time, but I thought we would have to go around and put all the machines into a workgroup and the re-add them to the new 2003 domain.

Is it okay to leave it like this?  All the user accounts have been brought over, but none of the computer accounts.  I just didn't think this would work, but it seems to.

We don't manage anything with group policy besides the users, so I don't really need the computers to have accounts in the domain.


Question by:diablo-26
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    You can work that way, but the computers aren't actually on the domain.  So you can't access things like administrative shares (\\machinename\c$), remote registry and anything else that require nt network authentication.
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    The computers will need to be removed from the old domain and added to the new domain. You will have all sorts od issues later if you do not as the computer accounts will noit be able to be validated by Active Directory.
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    Like the others say...they still need to be added to the new domain.

    You can either do it manually or script it using something like NETDOM:

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