|(last updated 2005/2/4)
I do not expect to directly pursue this work further.
See Replacing/Preserving NT4 Server for rationale. CHS
NT4 Server End of Life
Microsoft is bringing Windows NT4 Server to "end-of-life".
Windows NT Server 4.0: Changes in Product Availability and Support.
My interpretation is that there will be no new fixes, except for
security issues, after this year. Security fixes will stop a year
later, after January 1, 2005.
Microsoft's position regarding NT4 Server seems perfectly reasonable.
NT4 is ancient. Microsoft has released two
successor products, Windows 2000 Server and, now, Windows 2003
However, there are lots of production NT4
servers going strong. My two production servers run NT4 and Linux,
There will be lots of sources of information, from Microsoft and
others, about Active Directory, Windows 2003 Server,
However, there will probably be less publication of information for
those, such as myself, that will try to keep NT4 servers in
This section is intended to describe my experiences preserving my NT4
Server environments and help others who want to do the same.
(This is not to say that I'm avoiding Windows 200x Server and Active
Directory. I'm working with those, as well.)
The main problems in the upgrading are the directory issues.
Because of the radical changes between NT4 and the successors, there is
no easy answer.
Samba 3 PDCs
Windows 2000 Active
Windows 2003 Active