Workgroup to Domain
We have a request from one of our customer to change the configuration from windows workgroup to windows domain. Please refer to the attached image.
How I can do this by configuring Writable Domain controllers(redundant) in Main platform(A) and Read Only domain controllers(redundant) in Satellite platforms ?
Any proven examples?
My requirement is easy account management from Main platform(A). Suppose the multi system integration network is not working still I should be able to use the satellite platforms.
Note each platform we have separate systems and each computer have local 800xAService,Installation,Supervisor and Operator accounts(Workgroup).
I know it is bit difficult work but I am trying the possibilities.
Also I would like to know satellite platform C,D and E having physical machines and those already use as Aspect+Connect+Remoteaccess server. Shall I use the same server as read only domain controller ?
Let me know how I can do the migration.
Any valuable suggestions are appreciable
I have no own experience of RODC, but it should work as good as its RWDC counterpart.
Transition between workgroup and domain require Backup -> Restore = lots of work, but "doable"
Multiple systems can share same domain and service account, even same IP subnet.
Combined DC+AS+CS is fully supported but limit manouvreability in emergencies and restore scenarios. Drive imaging of a DC require deep knowledge of Microsoft.
We have built up some big projects in Sweden matching almost your network map. We use writeable DC in all systems but should work almost the same with read only DC.
You need to think a little bit about the network segmentation. It´s good to make small "icelands" of the satellite systems to make it easier to fault trace in case of network failures.
To make the transition from workgroup to domain you can set up a parallel environment where you create the new domain. After you have created the domain you need to install your 800xA nodes after they have been members of the domain. When installation is done just restore system backup, if you need you can remap the node names inside the wizard. Do not change name after domain membership. It can make strange problems...
Good luck with the project.
Best Regards // Mattias, ABB partner AB Tändkulan Sweden