New Server and/or Migration etc
Posted on 2012-09-06
The place i work at has a very old NT4 server and i have been giving some funds to buy a new seerver which will be virtualized and have Server 2008 R2 installed.
The NT4 is a Domain Controller and all it does is handle authentication requests and roaming profiles for 50 staff for 2 x Terminal Servers. There is no Exchange, no Print Services etc, just a simple server asking to be sent to heaven.
There are several other servers on the same domain performing their own duties, none are DC related.
Question is, how would you tackle this upgrade?
1) Do i setup a new AD Server with a new Domain Name, recreate the 50 accounts and move the profiles over? I then re-establish all the workstations and servers onto the new AD Server?
2) Do i find a tool to migrate the 50 accounts? I wouldn't know if one exists for NT4 these days, it's just too old.
Also, no matter what happens i need to remove and then reconnect all workstations and servers to the new AD Server, most a XP (x86) machines with Office 2010 and their own .pst files so all will end up with a new profile and Outlook etc will need to be revconfigured all over again, a pain in the backside.
Are their any utilities out there that can take care of the profile change on the workstations, that is replicate existing profiles?