software installed on member server while logged as domain admin
Posted on 2011-03-23
I have a member server that is part of a windows NT 4.0 domain
This member server is running windows 2003 server.
We're scrapping the Windows NT domain controller since its like 15 years old hardware wise.
I'm using another windows server 2003 box to be configured as domain controller and configuring new windows domain from scratch.
Theres only 10-20 user accounts on the old NT 4.0 PDC so rather then worrying about doing an upgrade or migration I've decided to start from scratch.
My concern is we have a member server box that I'll need to remove from the windows NT 4.0 domain and I'll need to add this as a member server to the new windows server domain i configure.
The proprietary software that this member server box is running is vital to keep intact.
The previous net administrators didn't document anything so their providing us with nothing.
I have a feeling the proprietary software installed to this member server may have been installed under the domain admin logon, So I'm worried when I remove this member server from the Windows NT 4.0 domain I may find the software isn't installed or properly configured on local administrator account.
I'm sure this type of scenario is common enough can anyone please explain what will happen in this scenario and what I can do .
Keep in mind the Windows NT 4.0 server's hardware is really old and not suitable to just due an in place upgrade on.