[Samba] Migrating SAMBA 3 NT4 domain to SAMBA 4 AD

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Mon Aug 24 07:21:17 UTC 2020

On 24/08/2020 03:59, K. R. Foley via samba wrote:
> Hi,
> We have an older Samba3 NT4 domain, which uses a TDB backend. We have 
> a variety of different versions of Windows clients. We need to migrate 
> to a Samba 4 AD domain. I have successfully tested the classic upgrade 
> on a new server in an isolated network, but I had to work through some 
> issues along the way. My understanding is that if the clients 
> communicate with the new AD DC, they will never be able to go back to 
> the NT4 domain. Is this correct? I am concerned about getting into an 
> all or nothing situation with no return path.
> Is there a way to:
> 1)convert the data on the new server using the classic upgrade
> 2) mount the Samba file systems via NFS on the new AD DC so that both 
> servers have access to the file systems
> 3) enable the new server and keep the existing Samba NT4 PDC active 
> simultaneously
> 4) migrate the client PCs gradually instead of all at once
> Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Your problem would be that you would have two domains using the same 
SID, this would confuse the clients and if your clients contact the AD 
DC, they will ignore the PDC.

You could try using different IP ranges for each domain, but even then, 
I think you will have problems unless you can physically separate the 

If you cannot migrate the clients all at once, then ensure they can only 
see one domain, do not allow them to see the AD domain until they are 
disconnected from the PDC.


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