Need help to import Groups and users to Server 2008

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I am looking for help to import groups & users to Server 2008 system from Server 2003 system.

Is it possible or not?

There is no domain created and so we are installing another server.

So, I want to import all users to the new one otherwise I have to add all users and users groups manually.

I have searched for some help, but none was found.

Please help me to solve this problem.

I will be thankful for all the help and support.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #101254

Need help to import Groups and users to Server 2008


We will walk through a Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 R2 Forest, and Domain upgrade by transitioning your domain controllers to Windows 2008 R2. Introducing Windows 2008 R2 DC's is a very straight forward process.  After the first Windows 2008 R2 DC is installed changing over existing 2003 DC to 2008 R2 DC's just takes some prudent planning.

Assuming good practices are in place with your current DC's upgrading your entire forest to Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controllers is a snap.  If you have mistreated your DC’s by installing many applications that need to be researched, planned, and tested then your upgrade will take longer.


  • Windows 2003 DC’s are all 32bit.

    • Even if you have 64bit Windows 2003 you can still use this process.
  • The Windows 2003 Active Directory is healthy
  • All Windows 2003 Domains are in Windows 2003 Mode

    • This is a requirement for Windows 2008 R2.
  • All applications / services running on the Domain Controllers are supported on Windows 2008 R2.

    • Research and test your applications as needed.
  • DNS is fault tolerant throughout the company

    • Meaning DNS clients have primary and secondary servers configured.
  • DNS will be transitioned to a Windows 2008 R2 DC/DNS server

    • How this is done can vary, this document will assume that after installing the first Windows 2008 R2 DC we will decommission the current DC/DNS server.  Then install a second Windows 2008 R2 DC with DNS, reusing the previous IP addresses.  Repeat process for all other DNS servers.
  • All Windows 2003 DC’s will be replaced

    • While this is an assumption, it need not take place in a single day, week, or month, but it should be done as quickly as possible.  You can run a mixed of 2003 and 2008 DC indefinitely, but the benefits of 2008 are minimal until all DC’s are Windows 2008.
  • All hardware meets the Windows 2008 R2 requirements.
  • All installations / changes will take place during periods of low activity or on DC’s with low activity.

Second solution is that we will make schema for 2003 server and we will take all the backup and then we will put that backup in server 2008 .

Answered By 0 points N/A #101255

Need help to import Groups and users to Server 2008


Concerning your question, there are two ways to go about his problem.

The first one would be to install an extra domain controller on the same network.

That way you can freely use two domain controllers for 2008 server.

When the installation process is done, you'll need to assign the roles of server 2003 to a domain, and in this case, you can simply avoid manually adding the users and groups to a domain.

Another solution consists of making a scheme by taking a backup of server 2003 and put it into server 2008.

These two solutions are by far the best way to avoid manually adding users and groups to a domain.

This way you can bypass that time consuming matter and solve the problem in a much swifter manner.

Hope this will help you.

Answered By 0 points N/A #101256

Need help to import Groups and users to Server 2008


This is the right solution of my problem.

Thank you Subhan04.

I am glad to thanks techyv. 

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