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Windows 2000 Deployment Guides

Don't reinvent the wheel when deploying Windows 2000 - find out what plans and practices are recommended by Microsoft, and then compare them to "lessons learned" and best practices developed by early adopters. Here is our collection of deployment guides from a variety of sources.
Active Directory Migration
Downloadable report from Ferris Research in PDF format.

Automated Deployment Options: An Overview
This paper gives an overview of the main options that organizations can choose if they wish to deploy Windows 2000 Professional automatically, and outlines the process of upgrading from prior versions of the Windows operating systems. Source: (March 15, 2000)

Client Migration to Windows 2000
If you are planning a migration to Win2K Pro, this road map will help you chart your course of action.
Source: TechRepublic (Jan 17, 2001)

Craft a detailed plan when migrating to Windows 2000
Moving from Windows NT 4.0 server base to the Windows 2000 platform? These tips on designating your project team and designing your migration plan can help you reduce headaches and ensure success. Source: TechRepublic (Feb 16, 2001)

Configuring Windows 2000
Before you begin your rollout, create a configuration checklist. Here's where to find Win2K's configurable options. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 2000)

Deploying Windows 2000 with IIS 5.0 for Dot Coms: Best Practices
This paper provides a set of recommendations and an extensive collection of links to further resources on Windows 2000 deployments with IIS 5.0 for dot-com businesses. Source: (May 1, 2000)

Deployment Guide: Automating the Windows 2000 Upgrade
This deployment guide provides information and tips and tricks that will help you to automate the Windows 2000 operating system upgrade process. Source:

Deployment Tutorials for Windows 2000  
A long list of walk-throughs and tutorials on setting up Win2000 Server and its components. Source: Windows 2000 Server Online Documentation.

Domain Migration and Consolidation  
Chapter 6 of Building Enterprise Active Directory Services: Notes from the Field reprinted with permission from Microsoft Press. Explains how to migrate from a complex Windows NT 4.0 domain model to a simpler Windows 2000 Active Directory model © and how to do it with minimum impact on the production environment. Also, how to perform an in-place upgrade and how to perform a domain consolidation to create a more manageable model. Includes details on migration procedure, with emphasis on concepts, specific tasks, and their order. Useful tools and utilities are discussed and explained.

Domain Migration Cookbook
A cookbook typically is a collection of recipes, or instructions, that explain how to do something and what you need to do it. This "cookbook" is a set of "recipes" for migration success. It is designed to help you migrate from Windows NT© 4.0 to the Windows© 2000 Active Directory? service. The cookbook is divided into two sections: Section 1 Migration Concepts covers the main migration concepts and give you an understanding of the underlying technologies Section 2, Migration Scenarios contains a detailed migration scenario involving a fictitious company starting with a description of the current domain structure and takes you through processes such as upgrading domains, cloning groups and users between forests, and restructuring within a forest.

Domain Migration Tools  
Sample chapter from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit, downloadable in Word format. Discusses domain migration strategies and tools for domain upgrades and restructure. Source:

Generating Deployment Reports
Create simple scripts to automate Excel 2000 and generate reports. The scripts use Active Directory Service Interfaces to query Win2K's Active Directory. Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (March 2000)

How to Migrate or Deploy a Novell NetWare Environment to Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 274279 - If you are considering migrating from Novell NetWare to Windows 2000 or need information on a mixed environment deployment, this article provides strategies and recommendations to get you started. (updated 1052000)

HOW TO: Migrate an Existing Domain Name System Infrastructure from a BIND-Based Server to a Windows 2000-Based Domain Name System Server in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301192 - This step-by-step guide describes how to replace an existing Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure with a new Windows 2000 DNS infrastructure. This includes installing the Windows 2000-based DNS server and configuring it to perform name resolution and dynamic updates, which allows resources and servers to be centrally located. In addition, zone transfers are used to migrate BIND-based server zones to the Windows 2000-based DNS server. (updated 4/10/2002) 

HOW TO: Migrate a Printer Server Configuration Between Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 Computers with the Printer Migrator 2000 Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315983 - This step-by-step article describes how to migrate a printer server configuration between Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based computers by using the Microsoft Printer Migrator 2000 tool (Printmig.exe version 2.0).(updated 1/23/2002) 

HOW TO: Migrate Users from NetWare to Windows 2000 with the MSDSS Tool and One-Time Migration 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301542 - This step-by-step guide describes how to migrate user accounts, settings, and objects from a NetWare 3.x, 4.x, or 5.x server to a Windows 2000-based server by using the Microsoft Directory Synchronization Services (MSDSS) tool and a one-way migration. (updated 4/10/2002) 

How to Plan a Successful Migration from UNIX to Windows 2000 Professional
This is a scenario-based guide designed to help project managers conduct a migration feasibility-testing project. It specifically outlines the recommended practices for a project whose purpose is to determine the feasibility of migrating UNIX-based applications to the Windows 2000 Professional operating system. Source: (updated May 22, 2000)

Incremental Upgrades for Windows 2000
Learn to deploy Windows 2000 Server in many ways: as a Web server, as a File and Print server, or as a directory service, which integrates applications, users, data and other resources into a unified environment Source:

Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 on Compaq Server Products 
This document (in PDF format) discusses implementation considerations, supported configurations, requirements, and installation procedures for Microsoft Windows 2000 on Compaq Server Products.

Migrating to Active Directory
Windows 2000's Active Directory (AD) improves on the NT domain model by expanding administrative rights and offering a more flexible structure. Here's a hassle-free way to migrate your existing domain models to AD. Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (Jan 1999)

Migrating to Microsoft Windows 2000 on Compaq ProLiant Servers 
This Integration Note presents information regrading hardware migrations on Compaq ProLiant servers while upgrading to Microsoft Windows 2000.(in PDF format) Source:

Migrating Your Domain Model to Windows 2000  
Sample Chapter 2 of Windows 2000 User Management, by Lori Sanders, published by New Riders Publishing (March 2000). Learn the steps you'll need to take in order to create a compact, elegant domain structure that takes complete advantage of the powerful new administration tools in Windows 2000.

NetWare to Windows 2000 Server Migration Planning Guide 
This document provides a guide for customers planning to migrate all or part of their NetWare environment to the Windows 2000 Server operating system. A description of the NetWare migration and interoperability tools provided by Microsoft is included, as well as a step by step planning guide to how the tools can be used to migrate NetWare files, directories, and file and print services to Windows 2000 Server and the Active Directory service. Source: (March 2000)

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

Tough Migration MovesNEW!
Migrating from Novell Directory Services to Active Directory is hard work. This article explains how to assess your current situation, formulate an action plan and specify features for third-party help. Source: MCPMag (Oct 2002)

Upgrading a Windows NT Domain to Windows 2000
Depending on your migration plan, you can take several approaches to upgrade your Windows NT domain to a Windows 2000 domain. This article talks about a common scenario that will work for most organizations. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 10, 2000)

Upgrading to Microsoft Windows 2000 on Compaq ProLiant Servers 
This document (in PDF format) provides system engineers and network administrators with tested information to upgrade successfully from Microsoft Windows NT to Microsoft Windows 2000 on Compaq ProLiant Servers. This document includes information on planning, preparation, and installation of the operating system for Windows 2000. It also includes four upgrade scenarios and a troubleshooting section, as well as three appendices. Appendix A lists the Compaq-supported platforms; Appendix B provides an upgrade flow chart; and Appendix C lists resources on the Compaq Web site. Source:

Windows 2000 Domain Consolidation
Columnist Robert McIntosh explains Domain consolidation, the process of reducing the number of domains that you have under Windows 2000. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (June 2000)

Windows 2000 Professional in a Windows NT Server 4.0 Environment
This paper describes the benefits of using Windows 2000 Professional in network environments running the Windows NT Server operating system versions 4.0 and 3.51.


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