Migrating from multiple child domain environment to single domain with OUs. What's correct method?


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Sam Munzani

Hi,

I am migrating 9 sites to single domain environment from currently setup
multiple domain environment. Below is how its setup.

1. Hub site is under root domain.
2. All remote sites are under separate child domains.

GOAL:
1. Create multiple OUs under root domain like below.
HQ OU
- Computers
-- Laptops
-- Desktops
-- Servers
- Users
- Groups
- Domain Controllers
DC OU
- Computers
-- Laptops
-- Desktops
-- Servers
- Users
- Groups
Atlanta OU
- Computers
-- Laptops
-- Desktops
-- Servers
- Users
- Groups
LA OU
- Computers
-- Laptops
-- Desktops
-- Servers
- Users
- Groups
Like wise

What's correct method to make this move? Is there an easy way to migrate all
users/groups/computers to root domain or its matter of deleting child
domains and recreating all accounts/groups/security on root domain?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Sam
 
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Sam Munzani

I tried using ADMT 3.0 and got a message that "target domain is not native
mode". I still have 2 computers that run Windows ME so can't convert to
native mode unless I convert those PCs to XP 1st. Any other alternatives?

Thanks,
Sam
 
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Jorge Silva

Native mode refers to DFL (Domain Functional Level), before you change the
DFL for your domain to native make sure that you don't have DCs NT4 running
or they'll stop working, this only applies to DCs.

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I hope that the information above helps you.
Have a Nice day.

Jorge Silva
MCSE, MVP Directory Services
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Sam Munzani

All my domain controllers are win2003. There is an exchange 2003 server
running in root domain but serves mail services to all domains. Do I have to
follow any special procedures for the mode conversion because of exchange
2003 presence? I came across following KB but I don't know if this applies
to me.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/272314/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270143/EN-US/

I don't have anything but win2003 and exch2003 in the environment.

Thanks,
Sam
 
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Jorge Silva

these procedures are for exchange Organization not for Domain Functinal
Level

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I hope that the information above helps you.
Have a Nice day.

Jorge Silva
MCSE, MVP Directory Services
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