Branch Office Domain Change

Branch Office Domain Change

Post by kunundru » Sun, 11 Jun 2006 16:21:16


Hello,
I have a question regarding what is the best choice for a remote office
setup.

Network Overview
==============
My network consists of three sites all connect via internal 512Kbps
VSAT system. All routable we can ping each site via IP.

HQ = 1DC Win2k3, 1 Exchange Win2k3, 25-30 users (192.168.1.x)
Remote Office A = 1DC Win2k, 25-30 users (192.168.2.x)
Remote Office B = WinXP Pro, 4-8 users (192.168.3.x)

The Problem
==============
Remote Office A was setup a few years back by a different network
administrator who setup this location as a separate domain from HQ
(totally separate). So now, we want to migrate to one domain so that we
may utilize Exchange network wide.

The Question
==============
What would be my best course of action?

Should try and utilize the existing (production) Win2k DC and simply
change domains?
Pros/Cons?

Should I configure a separate DC and bring it to the site and demote
the existing Win2k DC? I still want to use the existing Win2k DC for
DNS and file sharing.
Pros/Cons?

I guess I am looking for the path of least impact to the end users as
well as the most functional option.
 
 
 

Branch Office Domain Change

Post by v-xuwe » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 11:54:03

i,

I think the best way is migrate resources into one domain. To do this, we
have a tool called ADMT.

326480 How to use Active Directory Migration Tool version 2 to migrate from
Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;326480

Restructuring Active Directory Domains Between Forests
<http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/cead3dc3-4920-4b7a-b
6fe-6111d44110b31033.mspx?mfr=true>


Best regards,

Vincent Xu
Microsoft Online Partner Support

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