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Copy Active Directory contents from windows 2003 server to another server on a different network

Good afternoon-

I need to know step by step on how to copy active directory users, computers, groups, etc.... from 1 server 2003 domain to another newly installed server 2003 on another forest. Is there a file or database I can export from AD and import to the AD in a different forest.

I do not want to manually copy the content into the new server.

Thanks in advance.
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rbonds
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sardiskanCommented:
Umove by utools software is a program you can use to copy all the items in your active directory. You could probably use this to backup the AD and restore it to the new server

http://utools.com/UMove.asp
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Mike KlineCommented:
If you are going from one domain to another domain in another forest that will be a migration.
Microsoft has a migration tool called Active Directory Migration Tool.  The white paper for ADMT is here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=B1F816C0-4E2B-4E5D-B256-1AC304062367&displaylang=en
There are third party tools that are good too (Quest for example).
If the new DC was in the same domain then this is an easy task because you just install AD and let it replicate but because it is in another forest a migration is required.
Thanks
Mike
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
I tried ADMT and bumped into a lot of issues utilizes it. For instance, One server can't find the other server and vice versa. Couldn't get by that step right there and was spending too much time researching the issue with ADMT and why one server couldn't see the other.

I will look into Umove. Hopefully it doesn't cost anything. The company I work for doesn't want to spend any dollar amount.
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
Umove seems like the easiest way to go but the company is not spending any money at the time. Any other suggestions and steps are welcome.

Thanks.
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Mike KlineCommented:
With ADMT if you have a trust in place and DNS setup correctly what will solve a lot of those issues where they can't see each other.
Any migration will require time to research and test if you want to do it right.
Thanks
Mike
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the insight Mike but what's the difference between a migration and copying the contents out of Active Directory. I don't want to disrupt the AD environment that I'm copying from. I'm just trying to setup a duplicate environment in a different forest for the same users and I do not want to manually input every single thing that's in 1 AD to another AD.

On the same note I even got errors trying to setup trust between the 2 AD DC's.

Thanks again Mike.
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
Something else I forgot to mention is that the DC that's in a different forest is now physically connected to a switch in the forest/domain that I want to copy AD content from.

If that's any help.
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
I will try to get the trust and dns corrected and see if I can get ADMT to work. I will let you guys know tomorrow.

Thanks for the effort
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Venugopal NCommented:
Check the below link for buliding the trust relationship
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc756852(WS.10).aspx

Refer the below link to create a forest trust
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc780479(WS.10).aspx
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jgpdCommented:
I  used Admt  several times and no issues, my recommendation with admt is migrate also  sid history for all your resources , if you have money to spend on a third solution  quest have Migration Manager for Active Directory very complete suite and one of  the old ones on the market for migration/consolidation .
http://www.quest.com/migration-manager-for-active-directory/
regards,
Jose
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rbondsAuthor Commented:
I left the ADMT tool alone after some unsuccessful attempts and utilized the CSVDE tool built with Server 2003. I used the export feature of the tool and cleaned up the csv file created and then I imported it back into the new server AD using the import function of the CSVDE tool.

Thanks for all the help.
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