New Windows 2008 Domain

kenny_klbn used Ask the Experts™
Hi Experts,

We are in the process of planning to move our Workgroup servers (2000, 2003), Primary and Secondary DNS servers (2000, 2003), Windows Domain controllers and Member servers (2003 AD) to a new Windows 2008 AD environment and New Domain.

We want to migrate just the users and password, we dont want to transfer any of the existing memberships or rights to the new domain. We are planning on restructuring the OU, Groups, etc. in the new AD environment to simplify the AD environment.

We are going to have to rename all the pc's, so we decided that we will manually rename the pc's and disjoin them from source domain and add to the new domain. We dont want to migrate the computers if we dont have to.

Please help us by providing links to some documentation, sample implementation plan or checklists for guidance.
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First step is to check out Microsoft's active directory migration tool (ADMT)

It's focussed exactly on doing the sort of migrations you're looking at 

In addition, I believe QUEST software have some fantastic tools - at a price 
to migrate users, groups, computers and memberships between AD domains use ADMT. See for an example: 
if you need to "migrate" users, groups and membership from a local server into an AD domain, look at the following for an example: 

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