decision to upgrade to active directory

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I currently have 3 servers, NT4.0, running exchange 5.5,, 2000 advanced server for healthcare app in terminal services and 2000 pro for some data storage. Moving to active directory, 2000 advanced pro or 2003, trying to decide between moving to active directory and basically starting over. Not moving any exchange data, 2000 term server will stay in place, 4.0 machine going away, only 30 users.....anybody got any advice? Jason Day
ASKED: November 11, 2004  8:04 PM
UPDATED: November 12, 2004  2:27 PM

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If you are comtemplating moving to AD then move to AD2003 which offers a much all around improvement to AD 2000. Make sure that you follow the guide from MS for migration from NT to Win2k3.

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  • Rapier57
    I concur with the move to Win2k3, however, for different reasons. There is a better suite of migrations tools available in Win2k3 to assist your migration and make it as painless as possible. Believe me, the migration from NT4 to Win2k was difficult. It was worth it, but why go through the pain now when it isn't necessary.
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  • Mpkn3rd
    Having gone through several upgrades, it is impressed upon ones self that the most stressful part is the Exchange move. If you can get the users to store locally all their email and start fresh that eliminates the worst issue almost completely. It just places more work on yourself as you have to rebuild the mailboxes. Thirty users are not that many though. As mentioned in the first post, check with MS as they have several white papers and tools for the actual upgrade.
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