Getting Started

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.

Hardware Requirements

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

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:

  • Pentium 133 MHz or faster; Pentium II 450 MHz or greater recommended
  • 128 MB RAM, 256 MB recommended
  • 4 GB hard disk or larger; partition used for the practices on each machine should be at least 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • PCI network interface card, with necessary network card drivers for both Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000
  • VGA graphics adapter (640x480 resolution); 800x600 or higher resolution recommended
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Software Requirements

To complete the practices, you will need the following software:

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server

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 Practice Systems

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.

Setting Up the Initial State of the Network

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 NameDomain NameDomain RoleNetwork ProtocolsIP Address

Installing and Configuring Windows NT 4.0 Server on PC1

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."

Expert 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.

Standard Instructions

  1. Boot PC1 to a command prompt and run the Fdisk utility supplied with MS-DOS and Windows. Set the first partition of your primary hard disk (drive C:) to at least 2 GB and use the FAT 16 file system. Alternatively, you may skip to step 2 and allow Windows NT Setup to create the partition for you.


    Windows NT cannot boot from nor be installed on a FAT 32 partition.

  2. If possible set your computer to boot from the CD-ROM drive and start PC1 with a copy of the Windows NT 4.0 Server evaluation edition CD in the CD-ROM drive. If your machine cannot boot from the CD-ROM drive, boot to a command prompt, and then type winnt /b from the I386 directory of the Windows NT 4.0 Server evaluation edition CD-ROM.


    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).

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows NT 4.0 Server on the first partition (drive C:) of PC1. If your partition is not ready, when prompted, set the size of the first partition to 4 GB if possible; otherwise, use 2 GB. When prompted for the partition type, select NTFS.
  4. Configure the License Manager to support 20 concurrent connections on a "Per Server" basis.
  5. Give the machine the name MIGKIT1.
  6. Set the server type to Primary Domain Controller.
  7. Set the password of the Administrator account to secret.
  8. Do not create an emergency repair disk.
  9. Install the default selection of components.
  10. Configure the computer as being wired to the network.
  11. Do not install Internet Information Server.
  12. Select your network adapter, and supply any third-party drivers required for it.
  13. Install the TCP/IP and NetBEUI protocols.
  14. Install all the network services as listed (RPC Configuration, NetBIOS Interface, Workstation, and Server).
  15. When prompted if you would like to use DHCP, click No.
  16. When the Microsoft TCP/IP Properties dialog box appears, make the following settings on the IP Address tab:
    IP Address:
    Subnet Mask:
    Gateway: Leave the gateway address empty.
  17. Do not make any changes on the other tabs of the dialog box. Click OK.
  18. If a warning message appears that there is an empty WINS address, click Yes to continue.
  19. Accept all the services with the default bindings by clicking Next when the network bindings screen appears.
  20. Start the network when prompted by clicking Next.
  21. Leave the computer name as MIGKIT1 and set the domain name to MIGKIT.
  22. Click Finish to complete the setup.
  23. Set the date and time and time zone preferences as required.
  24. Test the graphics adapter and then accept the video settings.

    Windows NT Server will complete the configuration.

  25. When prompted, select the reboot option and allow the machine to restart.
  26. When the machine has booted, log on to the MIGKIT domain as Administrator with the password secret.
  27. Insert the Supplemental Course Materials CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  28. Open My Computer by double-clicking the My Computer icon on the Desktop, and then double-click on the CD icon in the My Computer window.
  29. Drag the Tools folder from the CD-ROM window and drop it on the drive C: icon.

    The files and folders of the CD's Tools folder will be copied to a Tools folder on drive C:.

  30. After the files have been copied, remove the Supplemental Course Materials CD.
  31. Locate the Windows NT Service Pack 5 file in the Tools folder. The file name is Sp5i386.exe. Double-click the file name and follow the on-screen instructions to install the service pack.
  32. Restart Windows NT when prompted, and log on again as Administrator.

    You've now finished installing Windows NT 4.0 Server on PC1.

Installing and Configuring Windows NT 4.0 Server on PC2

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.

  1. Give the machine the name MIGKIT2.
  2. Set the server type to "Backup Domain Controller."
  3. Instead of setting the password in step 7, the installation procedure for the backup domain controller sets the password in step 21 below.
  1. When the Microsoft TCP/IP Properties dialog box appears, make the following settings on the IP Address tab:
    IP Address:
    Subnet Mask:
    Gateway: Leave the gateway address empty.
  1. Leave the computer name as MIGKIT2, but type MIGKIT for the domain, Administrator for the Administrator Name, and secret for the Administrator Password.
  2. Now return to the PC1 installation steps and complete steps 22 through 32 so PC2 will be fully configured.

Setting Up the File Replication Service for the MIGKIT Domain

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

  1. From the Control Panel, open Services.
  2. Select Directory Replicator from the Service list.
  3. Click the Startup button.
  4. In the Startup Type section, select Automatic.
  5. In the Log On As section, select This Account and type Administrator in the adjacent box. Then type and confirm the password as secret.
  6. Click OK to close the Service dialog box, and then click Close to close the Services dialog box.


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

  1. If not logged on, log on again to MIGKIT1 as Administrator.
  2. From the Start menu, select Programs, Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  3. Double-click on MIGKIT1 and then select the Replication button when the Properties dialog box appears.
  4. When the Directory Configuration dialog box appears, select Export Directories.
  5. Now select Import Directories.
  6. Click OK and then click OK again to close the two dialog boxes, but leave Server Manager open for the next procedure.

Now you must configure MIGKIT2 to import from MIGKIT1.

To configure file replication for MIGKIT2

  1. Continuing to work on MIGKIT1, double-click on the MIGKIT2 listing in Server Manager, and then select the Replication button.
  2. Select Import Directories.
  3. Click OK and then click OK again to close the two dialog boxes.
  4. Close Server Manager.

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.

MCSE Training Kit (Exam 70-222. Migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4. 0 to Microsoft Windows 2000)
MCSE Training Kit (Exam 70-222): Migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000 (MCSE Training Kits)
ISBN: 0735612390
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2001
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