- How do we transfer all the user names and passwords to the new Win2k server?
- Do we have to use Active Directory if both servers are Win2k (same applies to question 3)?
- We used WINS on our old NT4 servers. Will this have to be replaced with AD and DNS?
- That depends. You could upgrade the NT 4.0 PDC to Windows 2000 and then have the Dell machine
join the domain as a domain controller. The Dell machine will then have all of the objects you want
on it. Then you will have to move the FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) (see KB article Q255504, Using
Ntdsutil.exe to seize or transfer FSMO roles to a domain controller). Also make sure that the Dell
machine is a Global Catalog server (Active Directory sites).
If you want to create a whole new domain, you could promote the Dell to be a DC in the new domain. Then establish a trust between the two domains. Then, using the ADMT available from Microsoft, you can transfer all of the user names, etc., from the NT domain to the Windows 2000 Active Directory.
- Well, if the two servers are the only servers in your whole company you could probably get away
with having no domain at all and just maintain local accounts on the servers for the users. But if
you need a domain on Win2k, it will need to be Active Directory.
- Windows 2000 machines don't use WINS except for backward compatibility. So whether you can get rid of WINS altogether depends on if you have other NT 4.0 servers or if the client machines are not Windows 2000 or XP. DNS will be a requirement for Active Directory.
This was first published in October 2002