How to migrate domain computers and users accounts
Posted on 2011-03-14
I plan to replace a Win2003 Std SBS R2 SP2 server-computer (old box).
The server is the sole domain controller in a network with 3 other Win 2003 member servers and 50+ XP Pro workstations.
The replacement server computer (new box) is spanking new.
I have dismissed the idea of simply restoring a backup image of the old box to the new box.
The old box is a few years and contains a fair amount of quirky stuffs. No sense in replicating the instability into a new box. The new box has now been clean installed with a fresh OS. No configuration has been done yet, except that the new box has the same domain\name as the old. Question;
1) Are there ways to safely replicate computer and user accounts from the old to the new box?
Exchange mail store need not be included. The new box can start of fresh with empty user mail-boxes.
I have briefly looked at MS ADMT tool. But found that it will migrate more than just computer and user accounts. Besides, I have no experience with using it.
I have also thought of trying a Win 2003 backup of the old box system settings and restore to the new box. But with different disk/folder structure of the new box, this could also spell trouble.
As you can see, I need the advice of Experts who may have done the above before.