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I'm close to migrating my Windows Server 2000 network to a new DC which will run Server 2003. I have researched a bit, and planned out most of the major steps, however this is my first project like this. Using the new Win2003 machine, I plan to first assign an ip address, subnet mask, and the prefered dns server, then join the existing domain as a member server. Then extend the Active Directory schema using adprep, forestprep, domainprep-on Win2k DC, move FSMO roles, etc... Do I promote the promote to a DC now? Dcpromo after FSMO roles or before? Then Global Catalog?

And the main reason I started this whole question is because Im unsure of how and when to transfer all of the users, shared files, email accts. mapped drives, etc. Currently I have exchange as a mapped m:/ drive... two hard disks.. one C:/ - for usual c-drive stuff and one d: which has most of the shared files for users and applications, etc. One thing I found was MS file server migration tool. but am unsure about it. I want to know what else is out there and how I can take everything I have on my current server...comprised of 4 total hard disks...C: drive, two mirrored....D: drive, two mirrored...and transfer It all to one mirrored pair of disks... All help is greatly appreciated and if somebody can give me the guidence and help In all areas it will be greatly awarded. Thanks.
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The first part is as you planned.  You need to prep the domain first, then dcpromo the new 2003 server.  Once it is a domain controller, then you can start moving FSMO roles.  Don't forget about installing a new DNS on the new server and shifting everyone to use that as their primary.  Once all that is done and you have allowed plenty of time for all the replication to happen, you can start moving shares and files or Printers whichever you want to do first.  You can use the Copy command from the command prompt of the new server with the appropriate switches to copy the files accross retaining the ownership and permsiions.  Once copied, setup the share on the new server, remove the share from the old server and make the mapping addjustments in your logon script to reflect the new server name in the map command.  There is a script from MS that will allow you to move printers fairly easily.  Eschange is a very different animal.  Get the basic file and print services done first before trying anything with exchange.
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Alright, Im having problems preping the domain
I try to run e:\cmpnents\r2\adprep /forestprep from the second disk of Server 2003 R2 media.  I then get the folder, but when i run adprep.exe it pops up with a cmd prompt for a split second and goes away...the server makes noise like it does something but im unsure...I tried running adprep with /forest prep /domain prep switches with no luck

help please! i dont know what im doing wrong but I know it must be something
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I dont want to move on because I dont think i preped anything..when i check the system 32 file i see no debug folder...
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it says i need to have xp or greater to install the support tools "I" think i need to check if it prped
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run the adprep command from a command window so you can see what messages it gives you.  Open a command window, change drives and change directories to where you have the adprep command and run it from there.
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alright i tried this, first i opend the cmd prompt, changed to the e: {disk}  drive, then ran adprep from the second disk of the windows2003 install software (R2) and it gives the "is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file." message

its like it doesnt know what im pointing it to run

i can however browse or use the "run" box to get to the adprep.exe utility graphically...like in an explorer window...and click open...this is when the server makes noise like its actually running it...but i dont think it is...along with the .exe file i have all the others under the foler, but no dice.

I am doing this on my 2k server, with svc pck 4 installed, from the second 2k3 disk...  visited petri.com for their steps...not sure what to do...can you help me further? I know this is getting topic specific now..should i post a new question..if so what.. and to what zones? thanks for your time...if you yourself bring me to a solution your reward will be great!

By the way i have some time to work with.. this  Migration  to 2003 is being done on my time...kind of, would still like to figure this out as soon as possible but...

the network is fine at this point using the 2k machine as the dc... as of now i have the 2k3 machine as a file server but no users are really using it. Ignore my babeling if you think you can shoot out possible solutions please do so.
 
thanks again
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thanks again
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