Active Directory

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Windows 2003 ADPrep

with 12 Comments by Daniel Petri

What do I need to do to prepare my Windows 2000 forest for the installation of the first Windows Server 2003 DC? Before you can introduce Windows Server 2003 domain controllers, you must prepare the forest and domains with the ADPrep utility. ADPrep /forestprep on the schema master in your Windows 2000 forest. ADPrep /domainprep… Read More

Determining FSMO Role Holders

with 19 Comments by Daniel Petri

How can I determine who are the current FSMO Roles holders in my domain/forest? Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation), as described in Understanding FSMO Roles in Active Directory. The five FSMO roles are: Schema master - Forest-wide and one per forest. Domain naming… Read More

Seizing FSMO Roles

with 26 Comments by Daniel Petri

How can I forcibly transfer (seize) some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another? Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation), as described in Understanding FSMO Roles in Active Directory. The five FSMO roles are: Schema master - Forest-wide and one… Read More

Windows 2003 ADPrep Fix for Exchange 2000

by Daniel Petri

What do I need to do to make sure Exchange 2000 runs fine on my Windows Server 2003 forest? If you've installed Exchange 2000 into the forest before running ADPrep, you have to correct some mistakes that were made in the Exchange 2000 schema extensions. Specifically, both ADPrep and Exchange 2000 define labledURI, houseIdentifier and… Read More

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    Transferring FSMO Roles

    with 46 Comments by Daniel Petri

    How can I transfer some or all of the FSMO Roles from one DC to another? Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation), as described in Understanding FSMO Roles in Active Directory. In most cases an administrator can keep the FSMO role holders (all 5… Read More

    Windows 2003 Domain Rename

    with 7 Comments by Daniel Petri

    Can I rename my Windows 2003 Domain? Can I move Child Domains between different trees in Active Directory? Yes you can, by using the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools. The Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools provide a secure and supported methodology to rename one or more domains (as well… Read More

    Administer Windows 2000/2003 Domain from Windows XP

    with 1 Comment by Daniel Petri

    How can I administer Windows 2000/2003-based computers using Windows XP Professional-based clients? This article describes how to use the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools package on Windows XP Professional or how to use the Windows Server 2003 family to remotely administer Microsoft Windows 2000 Server family-based and Windows Server 2003 family-based computers. The following topics… Read More

    Working with Group Policy

    with 9 Comments by Daniel Petri

    This article deals with the mechanism of deploying and verifying GPO deployment. It will not deal in the GPO itself and the settings inside it (these settings and configurations will be discussed in different articles). Note that this article was written and contributed to the site by Amir Meron. Group Policy is a one of… Read More