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  • automate joining AD domain (XP)? Possible?

    This might belong in the AD forums but I'll start here.

    My client currnently has about 2500 desktops (mostly XP pro) and about 50 NT 4.0 domains. They are finally upgrading their architecture and we will be moving to WIN 2003 AD in the next few months. We already have and AD domain at their Corporate HQ and all 50 NT domains will become part of this domain. My question is this. Is there anyway to automate the XP PC"s to join the existing WIN 2003 AD domain. I know we can't script because how could we run an automated script if we weren't part of a domain to logon to and run it. Right?
    I'm pretty much expecting having to touch every PC manually but since there are a lot of migration tool and tricks, I thought I'd see if there was something out there I wasn't aware of.

    Thanks-

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    Re: automate joining AD domain (XP)? Possible?

    Try searching for the ADMT (Active Directory Migration Tool)

    Allows you to migrate clients to new domain and also rename PC if needed

    Not too sure if the dos command 'net computer' will allow you.

    Hope this helps

    Michael
    Michael Armstrong
    www.m80arm.co.uk
    MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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    • #3
      Re: automate joining AD domain (XP)? Possible?

      JRM, I dont think there would be 50 domains but i feel you mean there are 50 NT servers. Correct me if I am wrong.
      Having said that if you are trying to migrate those 50 servers and 2500 desktops to the W2K3 domain then yes ADMT is your key

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      • #4
        Re: automate joining AD domain (XP)? Possible?

        Kunal,

        Have you checked the date

        7th October 2005

        Michael
        Michael Armstrong
        www.m80arm.co.uk
        MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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