Active Directory Migration Tool: Your Comprehensive Guide

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( — April 25, 2022) — If you work in the sector of information technology and often find yourself having to move different Active Directory, or AD, items between different domains, you will know exactly how tiring it can be to do this process without the help of any of the available tools. 

Luckily, it does not have to be like that, and tools for easy, and reliable Active Directory Migration exist out there, such as the Active Directory Migration Tool, or ADMT.

Use of such tools that offer an incredible amount of options and wizards will have you breathing a sigh of relief, with simplified oversight as well as effective and fast migration.

While the needs of different people and organizations in terms of migration will significantly vary, this tool is one that you want to keep an eye on and learn how to use. Doing that will save you headaches. 

What is the Active Directory Migration Tool used for? 

The Active Directory Migration Tool is a free utility that administrators across the world can use to move any Active Directory. Developed by Microsoft to speed up and lower the risks of migration procedures, it is now an industry staple tool for many.

This includes changing names of domains and operations like consolidating domains, merging domains, as well as optimizing AD arrangement within the AD infrastructure. ADMT makes sure that your migration process is as stress-free as it can be. 

Furthermore, this tool is also used for automatization of migration operations, both smaller-scale ones but especially larger-scale ones. It offers users access to networks and their resources even during the time of migration. 

Why such options and wizards provided by ADMT are incredibly important is quite clear, especially when we take into account that migration of Active Directory is a complex procedure that can easily cause issues and disruptions in the functioning of an organization. 

Benefits of using the Active Directory Migration Tool 

As stated, this is a free tool from Microsoft. Its set-up process is fairly easy, with the one challenge being the set-up of an SQL server. Additionally, it runs on all versions of Windows Server 2008 and those that came after it. 

Using this tool will provide a mess-free and headache-free process of migration, allowing you to move AD while all of the end users still retain access to their emails, data, workstations, and resources during the process. This is what we call a zero-impact migration. 

As astonishing as it may sound, using this tool will allow you to carry out migration processes even during business hours, as impact on work will be non-existent. Needless to say, proper planning and project management are crucial and necessary at all times. 

Installing the Active Directory Management Tool 

The process of installing this important tool is not as scary as you may think it is. 

On the contrary, throughout the existence of ADMT, this tool has become quite easy to install. The process consists of several steps that should be relatively easy to follow through.

Step one: Go over to Microsoft website.
Step two: Download the installer.
Step three: Run the installer.
Step four: Opt or don’t for a Customer Experience Improvement Plan. 

Step five: Enter the necessary SQL server to be used for ADMT. 

Step six: Click Finish after specifying which database you will be connecting to.

As you will be reminded by the ADMT Installation Wizard, it is recommended that you backup your system and close all open programs. Also, be prepared for the possibility for Windows to require restarting once the wizard has been completed.