replacing a server nt with 2003 sbs

Posted on 2009-04-16
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i have a nt server that crashed, it was the domain controller for the network. i want to replace it with a 2003 sbs. what information do i need to have and setup so that i can replace the server without any problems?
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If the server is not available, then you have to start from scratch.  Otherwise, if you can restore the server, you can then perform a migration.

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Define: "Without any problems"

There are no supported upgrade paths to SBS 2003 from NT4.  You would need a working NT 4 domain controller machine to migrate the user accounts to the new 2003 domain.  At this point, it looks like your best bet is to start from scratch.


(NOTE: that said, if you want to experiment, you MAY be able to upgrade the NT 4 to 2003 SBS since going to 2003 IS a supported path, though SBS 2003 is NOT.  Not being supported doesn't mean it won't work; just that they won't help you and it MIGHT NOT work).

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