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Find Your Way Through Active Directory

Entevo DirectManager and DirectMigrate 2000 take migration to the next level. Not only can you create Win2K-like Organizational Units (OU), but you can also view both your existing network and the Active Directory that you’ll be migrating to in a single console.

One feature of the Suite is its ability to support and implement any type of network scenario. You can choose to migrate from one NT domain to another NT domain, from NT to Win2K, and from one Win2K domain to another.

Entevo’s approach is to create a “model.” Simply put, this model is an after-migration snapshot of what your network will look like. For example, if you have an NT domain that you’re migrating to Win2K, you’ll see the NT domain structure as it’s configured now (the before shot) and the Win2K Active Directory structure that it will become (the after). Largely because of this feature, you can perform trial runs on the migrations until you run one that’s error-free, before ever migrating a single object (see Figure 3).

Figure 3. Entevo’s Suite allows the administrator to test and correct the migration before actually implementing it.

Because you’re working on this virtual model, when you decide to complete the migration, you simply take a single step from your model to your Active Directory infrastructure while tracking all changes. If you decide to reverse the migration due to unforeseen circumstances, you can simply rollback or undo the migration.

With its ability to manage both Windows NT and Win2K networks during the migration process and with the added option of Exchange Server management, the enterprise suite of products is one great combination.

About the Author

Barry Shilmover, MCSE+I, MCT, owns Shilmover Consulting Services, a Microsoft Solution Provider specializing in Windows NT/2000 and Exchange 5.5/2000 solutions. He has co-authored books that include Windows 2000 System Administrator’s Black Book and Exchange 5.5 Exam Cram, both from Coriolis Press.

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