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    Hi Guys,

    I will be soon removing my old windows 2000 server to replace it with windows 2003.. Eventually we will transfer all roles to my new server. The only thing is that we have arrange our AD infrastructure and I would like to know how to join back all my existing pc's to the domain automatically and also how to change the computer names. Am talking about 150 pc's.

    Does anyone have any scripts?

    Thanks a lot

  • #2
    Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

    Are you going to buid a new domain or are you upgrading to W2k3?
    Because if you are going to upgrade there is no need for it .

    Otherwise you could have a look at ADMT
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

      Hi Marcel,

      No am building a new PDC...

      I know there is the netdom command but I want to use a script that can do it automatically.

      Thanks for your reply.

      Denis

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      • #4
        Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

        Errr Since Windows 2000 there are no PDC/BDC's anymore
        There is only a PDC emulator for backwards compatibility.

        So install windows 2003.
        Then check this article:
        http://www.petri.com/windows_2003_adprep.htm
        Then check this out:
        http://www.petri.com/how_to_install_...ndows_2003.htm
        Then this one:
        http://www.petri.com/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

        So basically:
        Adprep /forestprep
        Adprep /domainprep
        Dcpromo on windows 2003 Server
        Move FSMO roles to the Windows 2003 server.

        You will keep your domain intact, keep all users and computers intact, all policies etc.
        You can even do this during business hours. Not a user will really notice it if you wait and check your replication and so.

        In doubt, hire a specialist
        Last edited by Dumber; 21st June 2008, 19:14.
        Marcel
        Technical Consultant
        Netherlands
        http://www.phetios.com
        http://blog.nessus.nl

        MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
        "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

        "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
        "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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        • #5
          Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

          Originally posted by dmourghen View Post
          Hi Marcel,

          No am building a new PDC...

          I know there is the netdom command but I want to use a script that can do it automatically.

          Thanks for your reply.

          Denis
          When you say building a new PDC, do you mean a new DC for the current domain? As Dumber has pointed out, it is fairly easy to perform an upgrade from 2k to 2k3.

          If you want a new domain, then that will mean doing a migration, but for the amount of workstations you are talking about, I'm not sure it's worth it. If you need to clean up your AD sites and connections, you can use NTDSUTIL, just be careful.

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          • #6
            Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

            I think what you are really after is to move the current system to the new server?

            Starting a fresh with 150 workstations, creating all user accounts from scratch is going to be a very very slow process.

            If you join the Windows 2003 to the domain and run dcpromo to upgrade it to a DC then you will save hours/days/weeks/months of configuration time. As Dumber said PDC's are a thing of the past. Active Directory servers are equal now apart from the server that holds the FSMO roles (which will currently be your Windows 2000 Server).

            I change computer names from my laptop. Install the Windows 2003 Support Tools from the CD ROM and use netdom.

            netdom renamecomputer currentcomputername /newname newcomputername /userd:domain\username /passwordd:*

            You can also append /reboot to force the computer to restart, typically I leave the computer to reboot naturally.
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            • #7
              Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

              here's what i did so far for a test connection.

              on my dc, i added a nic/new dsl connection. dsl modem directly connects to the nic.
              added a new vpn connection to accept client

              on my xp clients on the annex campus, i added a vpn connection

              tested and working fine. the vpn client connects to the dc, and portal

              the prob is after connecting, the internet connection on my xp client is lost thus is cant surf the wed. i have to disconnect my vpn. i want to have both services. help

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              • #8
                Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

                errr wrong thread?
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                • #9
                  Re: Join all Exisiting Pc to New PDC

                  sorry! my fault

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