[Samba] NT4 Migration Question

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 5 16:34:30 GMT 2004

On Fri, 2004-03-05 at 08:53, L. Mark Stone wrote:
> A client has an existing NT4 domain with several NT4 servers. Two of the
> NT4 Servers function as a PDC and a BDC.
> We are installing Samba-3 on SuSE 9.0 Pro as a PDC with an LDAP backend,
> and decommissioning the NT4 PDC at the same time. So far, so good. We
> can also rebuild the old PDC hardware as a Samba-3 on SuSE 9.0 Pro BDC.
> Unfortunately however, the NT4 BDC cannot be removed from the network
> for another six months, as it hosts a vertical application key to the
> business and used every day by some 100 users at the client.  In
> addition, the configuration of this BDC is quite complex; reinstalling
> the OS and the vertical application would be a challenge and, given the
> various customizations to the vertical application, not likely to
> succeed.
> Two questions then:
> 1. What are the implications of leaving this existing NT4 BDC in place
> with a new Linux-Samba-3 PDC (and possibly a new Linux-Samba BDC)?
> 2. Has anyone used UPromote, which claims to do be able to demote an NT4
> BDC to a member server without reinstalling the OS? (See
> http://utools.com/UPromote.asp for more info.)
Didn't know about #2 - interesting...

I am functioning with previous WinNT4 PDC unchanged after net rpc
vampire operation with the exception that netlogon service has been
disabled. Has been working - I cannot use the UserManager etc. tools
from this machine though.


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