Upgrading an NT 4.0 Domain Structure to Active Directory via the In-Place Upgrade Process

Upgrading an NT 4.0 domain environment to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory can be accomplished through two methods. As previously mentioned, the first method involves upgrading the domain structure in place. This method is more straightforward and easy to accomplish, but involves a greater degree of risk and does not immediately give the advantages of domain consolidation that can be achieved through the second option, which is migrating the domain accounts into a new AD structure.

This section details the steps required if the first option is chosen. The sample scenarios outlined assume a fairly simple environment, but the overall strategy can easily ...

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