Before you migrate your organization from a Windows NT 4.0 domain to a new Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service domain, it is important to evaluate your existing domain controllers and member servers, plan your migration process, and design your new Windows Server 2003 domain. Planning for a migration to Windows Server 2003 involves the following steps:
Selecting a migration
Assigning server roles
Designing the new Windows Server 2003 domain
Planning for test and recovery
Fabrikam has 300 employees; approximately 270 of these employees work at the Seattle headquarters, and another 30 work in the field. Fabrikam plans to
The Fabrikam environment consists of the following:
One domain, named Fabricorp, which is running Windows NT 4.0.
Three servers: the PDC, which is running on new server hardware purchased six months ago, a BDC, and a member server, both running on older server hardware.
Remote Access Service, file service, and print services running on the Windows NT 4.0 “based servers.
Several different client operating systems, including Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP.
The Fabrikam IT department established the following goals for their migration:
Upgrade the Windows NT 4.0 domain to a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain.
Consolidate services onto two servers, both running Windows Server 2003.
When the Boston office opens, create a new Active Directory site and place a new domain controller in Boston.
Figure 1.1 shows the current Windows NT 4.0 environment.
Figure 1.1: Current Environment for Fabrikam
A server role is a dedicated function that a computer running one of the Windows Server operating systems provides remotely to network
DHCP and WINS
File and print
Before beginning a server migration, it is important to be familiar with the following terminology.
A computer running Windows NT 4.0 or a later Windows server operating system that is connected to a local area network (LAN). Each server is configured to perform one or more services for network clients.
Any computer (workstation or server) that is connected to the LAN and that
A service performed by a server to support network client needs; for example, a server might have a role of file server or Web server. A server can execute one or several server roles.
A server from which a server role is
A server to which a server role is migrated.