I recently got my MCP for Windows 2000 server. It is a good track with a lot of good information about the features of the OS. I think I understand what people mean when they talk about "paper MCSEs," because I have this certificate but I feel really unprepared for the task of migrating my network from NT4 to Win2k. Installing a trial version of the server doesn't really prepare you for the production environment.
I was told that on a relatively small, single-domain network the upgrade process might not be that tough. I work for a medium-sized company with seven branch offices. We mostly use 56K leased lines. I have a primary domain controller (PDC) and a backup domain controller (BDC) at the main office, with a BDC at each branch. I was told that if I just upgrade the PDC, making it a DNS server during the install, it should be pretty painless. I could then upgrade/replace the other servers as time permits. Would you agree with that statement?
Your Dos and don'ts of Active Directory migration article was interesting. I am the support staff and I really don't have the luxury of a test environment. You can probably see why I am nervous. I like the idea of building a BDC and taking it offline; I have an old server that will be perfect for the job. I hoped you might have some tips for a smaller scale rollout. Thanks for your time.
First of all, congratulations on your new certification. However, in the environment you're describing, I would consider a test environment to be a necessity, not a luxury. Having said that, the steps you're describing seem to be accurate from a high-level standpoint. Use the tips I presented in Dos and don'ts of Active Directory migration as a starting point, as well as all recommendations from Microsoft regarding name resolution and network connectivity.
Dig deeper on Microsoft Active Directory Migration
Related Q&A from Laura E. Hunter
Active Directory expert Laura E. Hunter offers some advice for changing the IP addresses of domain controllers.continue reading
A Windows administrator moving from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2003 R2 wants to perform a restore of a previous server to a new one ...continue reading
An admin has two domains and two Active Directories. He wants to know how to join the Active Directories so that internal staff can access both, but ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.