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Changing SharePoint Active Directory

  Asked By: Carlton    Date: Mar 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1209

We will be moving from one Active Directory domain to another next week. I am
trying to understand the impact this will have on SharePoint.

From what I can tell, the stsadm migrateuser command will allow me to migrate
user accounts to the new domain once we changeover. Is this all that needs to
be done?

I've been told that we won't have access to the new domain until the changeover,
and once we've been changed over we won't have access to the old domain. This
makes testing impossible, so I'd like to make sure any problems are ironed out
beforehand. What should I be aware of?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Stacia Guy     Answered On: Mar 04

Hopefully you have setup an alias for your SQL database. Those databases are a
bugger if you change the host name or IP Address.

You need to verify your user accounts, if you followed best practice and used
separate accounts. For example some accounts  may be domain\username so you may
have to change all of those accounts.

Renaming the domain  takes several reboots of the clients, so I would disable all
SharePoint/SQL services until you can reboot the machine and make sure it is
correctly attached to the renamed domain. Then start the SQL service and try
attaching to it on a machine with the management studio mmc installed. Then
after all that works start your SharePoint services, and verify it works.

Hopefully your network team pulls a DC off the network in case of problems.

Answer #2    Answered By: Kacy Bright     Answered On: Mar 04

Do you have a document you can point to that explains the SQL alias issue? I've
seen that come up a few times and, I know it is something we want to do but, I
would welcome just a bit more details.

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