[Samba] Migrate samba3.5 classic domain to Windows2008R2

Adam Tauno Williams awilliam at whitemice.org
Thu Dec 20 14:33:55 MST 2012

On Thu, 2012-12-20 at 14:06 -0600, Hoover, Tony wrote:
> Most of the documentation I have found on the subject is several years old
> and involves creating a new domain and then migrating users/workstations
> from the classic domain to the new AD.  I'd prefer to not create another
> domain.

AFAIK, Microsoft no longer provides any means to upgrade from an NT
domain.  All the tools are deprecated, and they don't like to run on
current servers.  At least that is what I found.

> I have ~150 users & workstations, 30 domain groups, 5 local groups, and an
> interdomain trust (to a 2003AD) to allow some administrative users access to
> some academic resources.  
> What is the simplest/cleanest method to accomplish the migration?  What
> precautions do I need to take to make sure I can get back to the current
> setup if migration experiments fail?

It is actually pretty simple.

(a) Provision a LINUX host
(b) Install Samba4
(c) Perform and Samba3 -> Samba4 domain upgrade.  This will migrate you
data from the Samba3 NT domain to an Active Directory domain.
(d) Promote a Windows 2008 server to be a DC
(e) Demote the Samba4 as DC

You are now on Active Directory with a Windows 2008 DC.  

You'll have to recreate your trust accounts, I assume.

Adam Tauno Williams  GPG D95ED383
Systems Administrator, Python Developer, LPI / NCLA

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