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Step Up to Active Directory

Domain Migration Administrator excels on security migration.

Ready to commit to Active Directory but already using a complex domain structure and not quite sure where to start? NetIQ's Domain Migration Administrator will help you cut through the clutter and make sure all of your important settings end up in the new domain, whether that's pure Active Directory, Mixed Mode, or NT4.

Domain Migration Administrator runs in the familiar Microsoft Management Console interface and makes extensive use of HTML taskpads and standalone wizards to guide you through the complex process of moving users, groups, and other objects between domain structures. It organizes operations through a project metaphor, letting you see at any point where you are in a lengthy migration and reminding you of steps yet to be performed, or ones that need to be retried.

One of the key features of Domain Migration Administrator is migration of ACLs, the low-level security descriptors relied on by Windows NT and Windows 2000 to arbitrate access to objects. Domain Migration Administrator can migrate these security settings on files, shares, printers, user profiles, mailboxes, registry keys, and more. This thorough attention to detail helps make sure that you don't inadvertently introduce security holes in moving to a new domain architecture.

Other features include a Netware Migrator to pick up users, groups, and file security from a NetWare network, the ability to migrate users, groups, and computers between two Windows 2000 domains in the same forest, "Active Agent" technology that distributes the migration load in parallel between many computers, and rollback support that allows you to reverse a decision that had unexpected consequences.

Domain Migration Administrator makes good use of GUI standards such as Microsoft Management Console and Wizards.

No product is going to make a Windows domain migration a completely transparent operation, but Domain Migration Administrator does an excellent job of simplifying the tasks involved and completing them with minimal downtime. To request a free evaluation trial, visit the NetIQ website.

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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