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Windows 2000 Deployment Pre-Planning

Planning a Windows 2000 migration is not a process to be rushed. Seasoned deployment specialists often spend several months mapping out their environment, meeting with business managers, planning their strategies, and scheduling resources. Outside of the normal desktop and server migration pitfalls, be very careful and meticulous when planning your Active Directory and DNS structure - once you start, you can't go back without scrapping the whole thing.
Introductory Articles, FAQ's, Preplanning Guides and Deployment Overviews
10 Reasons to Migrate to Windows 2000 and 10 Reasons to Wait
Before you jump on the Win2K migration bandwagon, find out whether migration makes sense in your environment. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Feb 2000)

10 Steps to Prepare for Windows 2000 Now
Win2K is coming, and the migration process won't be as east as you've learned to expect from previous NT versions. Here's how to get a jump on the Win2K rollout. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Dec 1999)

Choosing the Best Windows 2000 Deployment Method
Do you support 100 computers? 1,000 computers? 50,000 computers? No matteryou have a plethora of deployment tools and techniques at your disposal to solve any problems. Some are more appropriate than others, but the perfect solution does exist.
Source: EarthWeb (Dec 2000)

Deploying Windows 2000 Professional
Overview guide outlines deployment tips to help you roll out Windows 2000 Professional throughout your organization. Source:

Deploying Windows 2000 Server
Overview guide outlines deployment tips to help you roll out Windows 2000 Server. Source:

Microsoft Resource Kit Windows 2000 Deployment Planning Guide  
This a full 25 chapter book from the Win2000 Server Resource kit available free as a downloadable document (3.91Mb) It's designed to assist project planning teams who are tasked with deploying Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional. There is information for management, network architects, system administrators, and others in your IT organization who will be involved in planning your Windows 2000 deployment. Source:  Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit.

Migrating to Windows 2000
Large-scale migrations to Windows 2000 require some serious planning. Windows NT Magazine starts a three-phased guide for a smooth migration. 
Phase 1: Pre-Planning Your Migration to Windows 2000 ;
Phase 2: Planning Your Migration to Windows 2000 : Phase 3: Implementing Your Migration to Windows 2000 Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (July - Aug 1999)

Planning for a Global Directory Service
An overview of the benefits of the Global Directory Service and its integration with Active Directory. Source: Microsoft TechNet (Jan 12, 2000)

Performing the perfect migration
Making the move from Windows NT or NetWare to Windows 2000 is not a job to be taken lightly. You must weigh factors beyond the time and money necessary to perform the migration. Training costs for IT staff and employees plus the much more advanced hardware requirements of Windows 2000 can make the upgrade much more expensive than it first appears. Source: InfoWorld Test Center

Planning Migration from Windows NT to Windows 2000
This paper outlines the planning processes and considerations when migrating Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 domains to Microsoft Windows 2000. The paper focuses on planning an implementation of Active Directory namespace through the upgrade of NT domains. Source:  Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Home Page. Another copy is here.

Planning for Windows 2000 in the Enterprise
This document is designed to be an overview of the planning process required for deploying Windows 2000 in the enterprise. Due to the detailed nature of discussion of the specific topics, the process of planning, evaluation, and deployment of specific technologies are discussed in follow-on Scenario-based Deployment Guides (that are currently under development in the Beta 3 timeframe, and will be released before product launch). Designed to highlight the process of planning for Windows 2000 in the Enterprise, this document focuses on the process and key decision points for determining the size, scope, and focus for the Windows 2000 deployment in the enterprise. Source: Microsoft TechNet (Jan 12, 2000)

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 Migration
An online eBook sponsored by NetIQ Corporation. Free registration required. Source:

The Definitive Guide to Windows Software Deployment
A online eBook sponsored by Lanovation. Free registration is required. Source:

The Seven Keys for a Successful Domain Upgrade to Windows 2000
Lists the seven elements that are key to ensuring a successful domain upgrade from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000. Source: (updated May 1, 2000)

Windows 2000: A 6 Step Migration Plan
Time to cut through the hype, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Our six-step plan will help prepare you for the Win 2K era. Source: InternetWeek Online (Jan 26, 2000)

Windows 2000: An Upgrade Guide
In depth article from Windows Magazine describing pre- planning, benefits, bottlenecks, hardware assessment, drivers, software compatibility, and other consideration. Source: Windows Magazine (June 1999)

Windows 2000 Deployment Options
Explore the many ways you can roll out Win2K Pro systems on your desktop or throughout your organization.
Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (March 6, 2000)


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