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Summary

This chapter explored the different migration paths to go from either a Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 AD DS. The three primary migration paths—upgrade, restructure, and upgrade-then-restructure—were described. There are several criteria you can use to determine which migration path is right for your organization. For organizations that are satisfied with the current domain structure, the upgrade migration path is the least complicated, least risky means to upgrade the directory service from Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. If your domain structure is not in line with your current business or organizational model, you will need to restructure your domain. Regardless of the chosen path, careful planning, testing, and piloting of your migration plan is critical to the success of your migration project.

This chapter also examined the key decision points for performing an in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2008. Next, the process of domain restructuring using ADMT was discussed. Then the upgrade-then-restructure migration path, also known as an intraforest migration, was distinguished from a domain restructure. A discussion of the interforest trust feature of Windows Server 2008 completed this chapter.


  

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