how to migrate from windows 2008 to windows 2003

Posted on 2010-09-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi all,

I have two domains windows 2008 and windows 2003. I am looking to migrate windows 2008 users to windows 2003 using ADMT 3.1, looks like it would do it but is failing with the following errors in the ADMT log. first of all is this a possibility?

2010-09-17 16:52:45 ERR2:7697 Unable to get global catalog server name for forest 'target.local'.  The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.
2010-09-17 16:52:45 ERR3:7585 The account replicator is unable to continue.   The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

Thank you in Advance
Question by:ASAdmin
  • 5
  • 2

Author Comment

ID: 33706732
hmm!! no one seems to have done the migration the reverse way. :(

Expert Comment

ID: 33707170
Have you tried version 3.2?

And run the program from the 2008 server and not from the 2003 server? ( Not sure where you start your program now )

Author Comment

ID: 33707775
hmm!! let me try

Author Comment

ID: 33708799
unfortunately, the folks who installed win 2k8 have installed it in 32 bit os, so I cannot use admt 3.2
Why spend so long doing email signature updates?

Do you spend loads of your time carrying out email signature updates? Not very interesting are they? Don’t let signature updates get you down. Let Exclaimer Cloud - Signatures for Office 365 make managing email signatures a breeze.

LVL 42

Expert Comment

ID: 33714519
Well you could always add a Windows 2008 x64 machine to your Windows 2008 domain, promote it to a domain controller, and then try ADMT 3.2. You could do it in a VM.

Author Comment

ID: 33715850
unfortunately ours is windows 2003 domain. I am afraid if it would mess up the schema if I brought in a 2008 AD server.
LVL 42

Expert Comment

ID: 33718791
I was thinking to introduce the 2008 domain controller in the existing 2008 domain.

Accepted Solution

ASAdmin earned 0 total points
ID: 33718862
Actually I just got the problem taken care.

1. the admin in the win2k8 domain had a firewall blocking most of the ports, so I asked him to open all communications between the source ( 2008 AD) and target ( 2003 AD). But I still was having the same error.
2. I then installed a older version ADMT 3.0 on 2003 AD server and did the migration. smooth as silk. :)

Thank you one and all.

Featured Post

Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

Veeam® is happy to provide the Microsoft community with a study guide prepared by MVP and MCT, Orin Thomas. This guide will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.

Join & Write a Comment

New Windows 7 Installations take days for Windows-Updates to show up and install. This can easily be fixed. I have finally decided to write an article because this seems to get asked several times a day lately. This Article and the Links apply to…
A safe way to clean winsxs folder from your windows server 2008 R2 editions
This tutorial will show how to push an installation of Backup Exec to an additional server in both 2012 and 2014 versions of the software. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, select Installation and Licensing, then I…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

14 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now