Help with selecting Active Directory Migration Product
Posted on 2011-05-06
I am in the planning stages of AD Migration that will involve migrating everything (users, desktop/laptop/servers) from 8 domains in 5 forests into single forest with 6 domains. Source domains include Windows 2000, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2. Target domain is Windows 2008 R2. Total number of users is about 8,000. Currently we are looking for a tool to purchase/use.
Currently we are looking at Quest MM, ADTM and possibly any other tools that are out there. I have pretty good AD experience, but I have never performed AD migrations myself before. However in the past I was part couple of such migrations as a junior admin, where consultants came in and did the migrations for us. Of course, none of us learned a whole a lot from consultants, but at least I have learned that Quest MM which they were using is a pretty good migration product. That is what I am trying to push.
Of course, once I received a quote for Quest MM, it “did not receive a positive reaction” from management. I am also now asked to look at any other commercial tools that are out there.
1. Can anyone tell me what other migration products are out there and if you had any experience with them. ADMT has such a generic name, that it’s hard to search Google for other products with same functionality.
2. Can some one help me with convincing to go with Quest. I am having a hard time finding any comparison articles. I know they can’t really be compared directly, but I am comparing a migration process while using QMM vs ADMT. Quest MM obviously cost a lot of money, but since a lot of companies use it, it must worth it and must save money in the long run. I need to convince management that using hundred thousand dollar product over zero dollar product would somehow be good for the company.