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What must I do to upgrade an NT4 domain to Windows Server 2003?

Expert Laura E. Hunter breaks down how to to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 from an NT4 domain.

We have a NT Domain. I have built a 2003 Server (without Active Directory) which now resides on the NT Domain. The current PDC is an NT server. If I install AD on the 2003 server, would that mean that the users and groups will now reside on the new server (I'm not talking about their personal folders, but their login IDs, etc)? And also, do I have to denote the current PDC before or after installing AD onto the 2003 server? Thank you!

To upgrade an NT4 domain to Windows Server 2003, you must first upgrade the NT4 PDC, thereby creating a 2003 Active Directory domain. For some helpful how-to guides to get you started, check out this link.

This was first published in July 2006

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