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.