Once the planned Windows NT domain controllers have been migrated to Windows 2000 domain controllers, the final stage is to switch to native mode, which should be done as soon as possible to take advantage of such features as universal groups and group nesting. You shouldn't remain in mixed mode unless you have good reasons, such as application compatibility problems. In this lesson, you'll convert the MIGKIT domain to native mode.
After this lesson, you will be able to
Estimated lesson time: 30 minutes
Converting to native mode is an action that is performed once in the migration. It's a one-way conversion. There's no way to revert to mixed-mode operation without reinstalling the operating system.
Remember, before converting to native mode, you should at least ensure the following:
In this practice, you'll convert the migkit.microsoft.com domain to native mode using the Active Directory Domains And Trusts administrative tool. Perform these steps on MIGKIT2.
Figure 7.15 shows you the single domain, migkit.microsoft.com.
Figure 7.15 Managing Active Directory Domains And Trusts
Figure 7.16 Managing domain properties
You'll then be shown a message box that warns you of the time that it will take for the changes to propagate. Once the changes have propagated, the migkit.microsoft.com domain will then be running in native mode.