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    We have small Network:
    1) 20 PCs running Windows 2000 and XP.
    2) One PDC Server runs Windows NT.4 Server (there is no BDC Server).
    3) One member Server runs Windows NT.4 Server and Exchange Server 5.5.

    Now we joined with other small company:
    1) 10 PCs running Windows 2000 and XP.
    2) One PDC Server runs Windows 2003 server.
    3) One member Server runs Windows 2003 server and Exchange Server 2003.

    We need to replace the new company servers with all of its Current PDC Windows 2003 Server and Exchange 2003 OS configurations, and joint them to our Current NT.4 Network.

    1) Replace the new company servers with all of its PDC Windows 2003 Server and Exchange 2003 configurations, and joint them to our Current NT.4 Network.
    2) Use the new exchange 2003 Server without changing its current configuration (change only the Exchange 2003 name to joint the NT.4 Domain)
    3) Use the new Domain 2003 Server without changing its current configuration (change only the Domain 2003 name to coexist with the NT.4 Domain)
    4) Move all User Accounts and all Data from NT Domain to 2003 Domain.
    5) Move all Exchange 5.5 User Accounts, Mail Boxs, and Public Folder .etc to the Exchange 2003.
    6) Remove the old NT.4 Domain and Exchange 5.5 from the Network.

    Please I am in need of anyone help to let me know how I can do this complicated job.

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    Hi, Colleagues

    Actually I have some outline solutions, I hope it is on the right way.
    anyone can make a look and give back his comment.


    Possibilities to Join Exchange 2003 to NT.4 PDC Server
    There are two options to join Exchange 2003 to NT.4 PDC Server

    First option:
    We can build another NT.4 Server box, set it up as a BDC. Once complete, remove it from GL-TRADE Network and promote it to the PDC. Reboot, afterwards upgrade to Windows 2003 and AD.

    First Option steps
    1- Build NT.4 BDC Server.
    2- Remove the NT.4 PDC Server from network.
    3- Promote NT.4 BDC Server to NT.4 PDC Server.
    4- Upgrade to Windows 2003 and AD.
    5- Set the WINS and DNS on the server.
    6- Use the Active Directory Connector (ADC) to replicate the Exchange Server 5.5 mailboxes to Active Directory.
    7- Assign the Exchange 2003 box to the Windows 2003 Domain as the server that is running Exchange Server 5.5.
    8- Use the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to move the mailbox from the server that is running Exchange Server 5.5 to the server that is running Exchange 2003.
    9- Remove Exchange 5.5 box from Network.
    10- Assign the windows 2003 box to the Windows 2003 Domain.

    Second option:
    We can create a trust between the 2 domains, Use a migration tool to migrate the 5.5 users over to 2003, then do the domain rename.

    Second Option steps
    1- Set the WINS and DNS on both servers.
    2- Create a trust between the NT.4 PDC Server and Windows 2003 Domain.
    3- Use the Active Directory Connector (ADC) to replicate the Exchange Server 5.5 mailboxes to Active Directory.
    4- Use the ADC and migration tools to migrate the Exchange 5.5 over to Exchange 2003.
    5- Remove Exchange 5.5 box from Network.
    6- Remove NT.4 PDC Server from Network.
    7- Rename Windows 2003 Domain to takeover the role of the NT.4 PDC Server.
    8- Reassign the Exchange 2003 box to Windows 2003 Domain new name.

    Regards & Thanks
    tomtom

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