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viktorjano
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  02:03:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello!
I'm new in networking, so that's valid and for Server 2003! So I'll just start asking in hope to get to the more advanced topics!
I have Server 2003 in the company where I work. I want to upgrade the network to a domain, but I am facing some problems. The first issue that seems problematic to me is that, we have other company which uses databases (Lotus) on our Server. Additionaly, few clerks in our company use those databases... So, if I activate the Active Directory on the Server, I am afraid that they will lose connection on the server, until they become part of the domain. So what should I do?

Playwell
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  08:47:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Playwell's Homepage  Click to see Playwell's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
afaik there's no direct interaction with LN and AD.

However, be very aware that LN might use the same ports as AD, ldap jumps into mind.
Better to use an additional server for AD. And.. 1 ad controller is none. Having 2 is recommended.

edit: And welcome to the forum

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Edited by - Playwell on 02/14/2012 08:48:49 AM
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Curt
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  10:45:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Curt's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Welcome. Best to test first.

But also remember that Windows 2003 DCs will run on most hardware if your short for cash.

You will go bonkers without a domain. I've seen the ugly and I've moved folks off of peer to peer networks.

You can really see the difference when the broadcast go down on the wire.

Curt Spanburgh
Microsoft Certified Business Solution Specialist.
Dynamics CRM MVP
Contributing Editor, Windows IT Pro

He that is walking with wise persons will become wise, but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly.
Proverbs 13:20


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viktorjano
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Posted - 02/15/2012 :  02:01:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many many thanks for the answers...

So, you suggest domain environment... And about the dynamism of creating the domain... After upgrading the server to a DC, what should the would be domain members know, so they become part of the domain? In other words, how would I administer those users? Every user has a user name and password, or there's more to it? I'm still not that convenient with the security issues... When do I make group policies and so?
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Posted - 02/15/2012 :  03:57:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Playwell's Homepage  Click to see Playwell's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I suggest you pick a copy of Mark's book and start reading, because those questions cover too much ground.

As for domain vs workgroup:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-benefits-of-moving-clients-to-an-active-directory-environment/5034990

'People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. '
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viktorjano
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Posted - 02/15/2012 :  05:37:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am in process of reading the book... I must say I found a lot of information, but you know, still when it takes to putting the knowledge in practice, it gets entangled a bit... OK, thanks anyway...
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