New Domain

I am setting up a new domain. Once the new domain is setup, how do I migrate all my machines ( servers, computers, printers) and programs into the new domain? Do I have to change it  per device and per program? Can Active Directory be easily moved over?
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
You will need to do the following...

- Create a forest trust between the two forest root domains (old and new)
- You will then need to migrate all of the data/objects using the ADMT Tool

Once you have migrated all of the objects to your new domain you may have to reconfigure your programs to work under the new domain name if they have been hard coded with the old DNS suffix.

ADMT download -

ADMT Guide -



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Kyle GreenCommented:
I can't tell from your question but it seems like you're moving from a domain to domain. There are a couple of ways to do it.

First I would take a look at ADMT: Active Directory Migration Tool

Here is a well written blog using that tool to migrate: Waclaw Chrabaszcz
SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
If you want to migrate user from one domain to new domain using ADMT tool you need to create trust relationship between two domain.

You need to understand nuances of ADMT and its working before you actually taken on migration production env.Also, its much better if you can simulate in a lab environment for successful result. I have below link which might help you to understand this. Start from reading ADMT guide first.

ADMT Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains


See this Step by step user/computer/groups etc migration

More on this 

ADMT doesn’t have an Exchange/mailbox migration option.  If you are not planning to use a third party migration tool like Quest or NetIQ, your only option is to export the mailbox (exmerge) and import them.  But you will have some mail routing challenges here – like non-migrated users sending emails to migrated users and vice versa.

Hope this helps
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