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On the homeward stretch now, back in Part Three, we migrated service accounts, groups, and users. Now we turn our attention to our machines.
Note ADMT 3.2 Only support the migration of Operating Systems up to Windows 7, (that doesn’t mean Windows 8 and Windows 10 wont work, it just means they are not supported). Migrating Windows 8 and 10 throws a lot of security translation errors, because of the way it treats ‘Apps’, so I’d recommend you do a LOT of testing before carrying out a live migration.
ADMT Computer Security Translation
Migrating computers is a two-step procedure, you do a security translation on a machine, then you migrate the machine. The security translation adds the security for the user(s) in newdomain.com to all the objects (files, folders, user profiles, and registry hives, etc) that their user account in olddomain.com did. like doing the service account migration (above) the plan is to get everything ready to ‘work’ before the machine is migrated.
Real World Note: This can take a while, (up to an hour for some machines,) and it’s best done without anyone being logged in (to prevent any profiles, or registry hives being locked). So take time to plan when this is done – rush it and you will have problems, and the very users who are too busy to be interrupted, are the very ones that shout the loudest if there’s a problem post migration. I would (if possible) have a stock of prebuilt machines on the new domain in case there’s any migration dramas, at least then you can get people working quickly.
This should be getting familiar by now, accept the defaults.
Select your computer(s) > Select all the options > SELECT ADD > Finish.
Run the pre check, and agent deploy.
What you will find after translation is all the profiles, and files etc will have the new domain users added alongside the old one with the same rights.
ADMT Computer Migration
Now finally to migrate the machines, ADMT > Computer Migration Wizard.
Select the computers.
Select the Target OU > Tick everything > Add > Select the amount of time to wait before rebooting the machine into the new domain.
Hang About Haven’t we done some of this? Yes, but because you have done the security translation already it can see the ACLs exist as it goes through and skips creating them.
As usual I’m not filtering any attributes > I’ll quit if theres a conflict > Migration should then complete.
Can I migrate Servers With ADMT?
Yes, but you need to have a good think about doing so first? For simple file and print servers that should be OK (Obviously back them up first etc). DONT try and do this with an Exchange server, or any other server that relies on Active directory for its very existence! And wherever possible if you can create clean new servers and migrate your data into them do so!
What about Microsoft Exchange and User Mailboxes?
I mentioned Exchange briefly on the user migration, Exchange migrations between domains, are possible, depending on your setup it may be easier to export all the mail form the old system and import it into the new one (use the search bar above. I’ve already written a load of stuff about doing this). In the not to distant future I’ll cover Exchange Inter Organisation Mail migrations.
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