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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Planning a Windows NT Domain Upgrade

Upgrading a Windows NT 4 domain to Active Directory isn’t quite the three-click process that you perform when upgrading a single Windows NT 4 workstation. In fact, considerable planning is necessary before you even start Windows Setup on the first computer. Some computers, such as the PDC and BDCs, must be upgraded in a specific order, with the PDC being upgraded first. Other computers, such as Windows NT member servers and stand-alone servers, as well as client computers, can be upgraded at any time before or after the actual domain is upgraded.

The following sections are essential for anyone planning a Windows NT 4 domain upgrade. They cover documenting an existing network, making a recovery plan, planning ...

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