How do I migrate an existing Domain to en enire new one with all the services?

company is under new ownership and wants everything to reflect that. Since were running sharepoint/exchange/sqlservers/other LOB applications do I just recreate everything and then "import" all user data from old ad & exchange? then creaye mail forwarders
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Joseph DalyCommented:
This is a pretty big question and one that has lots of moving parts. Basically what you will need to do is stand up a new domain and then perform a migration of users, computers, and groups from the old domain to the new domain.

Microsoft has released a tool called the ADMT that can be used for this migration.

The very much shortened answer to this is you need to perform the domain migration while keeping SID history. The migration tool has steps that you can run against the computers and servers to do the security translation automatically from the old domain to the new.

I would not expect that this will be an easy transition, I have done 3 of these so far for companies that we have acquired and there are ALWAYS unexpected issues and problems that you will encounter especially when you are dealing with applications like exchange and sharepoint.

This is definitely doable but it is not something that you can just shoot from the hip and do. It will take proper planning to minimize any serious incidents.

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sirius7Author Commented:
Im thinking from just going to an exact match of OS & version type, but there is talk of Windows 2008 or 2011. Any suggestions for where to find best methods practiced for both scenarios
sirius7Author Commented:
great advice
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