This self-paced training course contains hands-on practices to help you learn about Microsoft Windows 2000.
Because these systems will be running DNS and DHCP services, they should not be connected to a production network; otherwise they will interfere with the proper operation of that network.
To complete the practices in this book you will need two PCs networked together. The two machines will be referred to as PC1 and PC2 to help distinguish which system is being discussed. The computers must be capable of running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server. To check the compatibility of your computers, verify that the machines' hardware is listed on both the Windows NT and Windows 2000 hardware compatibility lists. The most current versions of these lists can be found on the Internet at http://www.microsoft.com/hcl.
Listed below are the minimum and recommended requirements for the two machines. Wherever possible, try to meet the recommended values rather than the minimum values to ensure faster and more reliable performance:
To complete the practices, you will need the following software:
The CDs included with this book contain evaluation editions of Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows 2000 Advanced Server, as well as Windows NT Service Pack 5 and additional tools that will be sufficient for completing the practices in this book. It is recommended that the IT professional acquire the Microsoft Windows NT Server Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit for a more complete set of diagnostic and migration tools, as well as for their extensive documentation.
Setting up the systems required to complete the practices in this book will take some time to complete. However, it is important that you carefully perform the setup as described in this section to ensure the success of the practices that follow within the book.
Throughout this book you will be performing various types of migrations from Windows NT 4.0 Server to Windows 2000 Advanced Server. The setup instructions that follow will configure your two machines for the practices in Chapters 1 through 7. Starting in Chapter 8 you will reconfigure the two machines to prepare for additional migrations. Instructions are provided in subsequent chapters for modifying the configuration of these machines as necessary to perform particular practices.
This book develops the theme of migration in a generally progressive fashion, so you should set up your two machines as described here and then work sequentially through Chapters 1 through 7. Practices in each migration chapter will instruct you how to adjust the network configuration for the particular migration topic covered. Once you complete one migration you will be instructed how to reconfigure the machines for the next migration.
To perform the practices in Chapters 1 through 7, you will now set up your two machines as Windows NT 4.0 Server systems functioning as the primary and backup domain controllers of an imaginary domain called MIGKIT, as shown in the table below. In the following chapters you will analyze these machines to plan your first migration to Windows 2000, you will install and configure various NT services, and finally you will migrate the network to Windows 2000.
|Machine Reference||Host Name||Domain Name||Domain Role||Network Protocols||IP Address|
Before continuing, ensure that PC1 and PC2 are connected to one another via a network hub or a cross-link cable. If you are experienced at installing Windows NT as a domain controller you can follow the expert instructions that follow; otherwise skip to the next subsection, "Standard Instructions."
If possible install Windows NT on a 4 GB NTFS partition; otherwise the minimum size is 2 GB. Set up the administrator account with a user name of Administrator and a password of secret. Install the default services and do not install IIS. Assign the host names, domain name, roles, protocols, and IP addresses as shown in the preceding table. Finally, install the file and folder replication service using MIGKIT1 as the export server and MIGKIT1 and MIGKIT2 as the import servers.
Windows NT cannot boot from nor be installed on a FAT 32 partition.
There are several alternate ways to install Windows NT Server. You may boot from the Windows NT boot floppy disks if you have a set. Another way to install Windows NT Server is to copy the entire I386 folder from the Windows NT CD-ROM to an I386 folder on drive C: and then type winnt /b from within this folder. This method requires an additional 223 MB of disk space, or a minimum total partition size of 2 GB (4 GB is recommended).
Windows NT Server will complete the configuration.
The files and folders of the CD's Tools folder will be copied to a Tools folder on drive C:.
You've now finished installing Windows NT 4.0 Server on PC1.
PC2 will be set up very much the same as PC1, but it will serve as the backup domain controller of the MIGKIT domain.
Perform the installation of Windows NT 4.0 Server on PC2 exactly as you did for PC1. The numbered steps below match the steps from the PC1 installation above, showing only the steps that differ from those above.
You should now have two servers operating in the MIGKIT domain. MIGKIT1 (PC1) is the PDC of the MIGKIT domain. MIGKIT2 (PC2) is the BDC of the MIGKIT domain. You are now going to configure the replication process for this domain. If you're not already logged on, start up both systems, log on as Administrator, and verify that the machines are connected correctly across the network.
MIGKIT1 will be used to serve the logon scripts which are used in the MIGKIT domain. This means that you will need to configure file replication on MIGKIT1.
Perform the following steps on MIGKIT1, and then repeat the procedure on MIGKIT2.
To set up the Directory Replicator service
Now repeat steps 1 through 6 on PC2.
The replication service will now be set up so that the PDC, MIGKIT1, will export the directories (and import them from itself), and the BDC, MIGKIT2, will import the directories.
To configure file replication for MIGKIT1
Now you must configure MIGKIT2 to import from MIGKIT1.
To configure file replication for MIGKIT2
Congratulations, you've completed the initial setup of PC1 and PC2 and are now ready to proceed to Chapter 1 and develop the skills necessary to migrate Windows NT networks to Windows 2000. Good luck.