[Samba] Advices about migrate W2000 domain to SAMBA4

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Tue Jun 30 19:15:04 UTC 2020

On 30/06/2020 16:44, Ivan Lopez via samba wrote:
> Hi, People:
> We have a Old (well functioning) Windows 2000 AD domain. We wish 
> migrate DCs, if posible, to SAMBA4.  We actually have four sites with 
> one DC in three of them and three DCs in one of them. Just one DC is 
> Windows 2008, the rest is Windows 2000.
> Join SAMBA4 as DC automatically is not posible, I think, because DNS 
> servers are not configured with 2008 behaviour and actual DNS entries 
> does not replicate to SAMBA. Therefore, I can't replace Windows DCs.
> Is there any method/howto to achieve this with minimum disruption?. Or 
> the only way is upgrade DCs to Windows 2008 (paying new licenses) and 
> then join SAMBA4 DCs to domain, transfer roles an demote Windows DCs?
> Thanks in advance!
> Iván
It will be a dns problem, the W2K dns is very different from the later 

I think you may be able to change the dns on the W2008, see here:


Whatever happens, if you go for a Samba domain or a Windows domain, you 
are going to have to deal with the dns problem.

Once you have the later DNS, you should find joining a Samba DC fairly easy.


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